Three Modes of Appeal: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King was a man who made a difference in history. When Rosa Parks refused to move from the front seat of a bus, it made him take the challenge to change racial segregations in school and public places nationwide. King wanted to change African Americans and other races lives to where they could have the same right as any white person. He believed everyone should have equal rights and opportunities. On April 12, 1963, King was arrested and was taken to Birmingham Jail by the Public Safety Commissioner Eugene. While he was in jail, he received a letter from clergymen, who were also pastors/reverends, questioning his behavior. When he replies to the letter he received from the clergymen, he used the three modes of appeal to help his audience understand, feel, and believe his words coming from his responsive letter. The three modes of appeal he used on his letter were logos, ethos, and pathos. He used those modes of appeals so that his audience could feel his words and hear his words even though it was coming from a letter. He wanted his readers to understand where he was coming from. The clergymen were not his only audience, his letter was also for the white moderates, and for all the African Americans he was fighting for. White moderates were those who knew and understood what King was fighting, the rights he kept protesting for and kept going to jail for, but would not do anything to back him up. In this letter here relies on evidence that is factual, objective, clear, and relevant to the topic. “Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their village and carried their “thus saint the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Taurus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonia called aid”(King 495). In this statement...
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