Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote a letter from the Birmingham Jail. He was writing because people called him unwise and foolish, he was not trying to defend himself or give a counter argument of any sort to stop the criticism and went on to explain what his thoughts and appeal to the populous .In this essay I am going to be explaining uses of ethos, pathos, and logos giving small examples on how Dr. King used it in his letter from Birmingham Jail.
The meaning of ethos is the credibility (ethical appeal), basically meaning making the subject worth reading by making the impression that you are worth listening to. He used ethos from the beginning probably to keep the people reading the first example I will give you is when he wrote “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state.” Another example is, he said “Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C” saying he was unjustly arrested. The final example of ethos I will give is when he said “Segregation, to use the terminology of th3e Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, substitutes an ‘I-it’ relationship for an ‘I-thou’ relationship.”
The meaning of pathos is the persuading by emotional appeal. Dr. King Jr. used this right off the back with his opening saying “While confined here in Birmingham Jail” he is able to use this due to people believing that he was put in there unjustly. The second quote I wish to tell you is “That we were the victims of a broken promise.” This was a strong point due to the fact they talked with the leaders of the Birmingham community to get rid of the racist signs and it was never done. The final example is fairly long, this final example would hit basically the whole black populous around that whole area. “Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging dart of segregation to say ‘wait.’ But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mother and fathers at will...
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