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Emotional Appeal in `Letter From Birmingham Jail`

Emotional Appeal in `Letter From Birmingham Jail` Emotional Appeal in `Letter From Birmingham Jail` Dr . Martin Luther King 's letter , addressed to "My Dear Fellow Clergymen " written while he was "confined here in the Birmingham city jail " represents an attempt by King to compel fellow clergymen who have been critical of his tactics in the pursuit of civil rights to join his cause . The letter also justifies the use of those tactics criticized by King 's fellow clergymen , and offers a spiritual and philosophical basis for King and his fellow activists ' actions

. In his letter , King offers a rational , scholarly tone , which is tempered with religiosity and sincerity . The letter presents a rational appeal and an emotional appeal , which are united in historical allusion , Biblical reference and philosophical depth (King

King repeatedly appeals to a shared sense of religion in his letter he also cites Biblical examples to bolster his argument . Responding to the criticism that his actions and the actions of his followers , even though non-violent in practice , ultimately resulted in violence on the behalf of the white Southerners who beat and jailed the protestor (and sometimes lynched or otherwise killed African Americans , King compared the fight for civil rights with the fight of Jesus to spread the gospel "Isn 't this like condemning Jesus because his unique God-consciousness and never-ceasing devotion to God 's will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion ?[ .] Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber " Responding to accusations that he was an extremist , King retorted "Was not Jesus an extremist for love "Love your enemies , bless them that curse you , do good to them that hate you , and pray for them which despitefully use you , and persecute you " Was not Amos an extremist for justice "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream " Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus (King

King 's appeal via religion and spirituality was based in a desire for unity and understanding . While he denied accusations of extremity or of inciting violence , he admitted that the impulse for civil rights was , by his reckoning , the will of God " But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before . If today 's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church , it vi lose its authenticity forfeit the loyalty of millions , and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century " If those words sounded volatile , other statements were steeped in a desire for unity and brotherhood "I hope this letter finds you strong in the faith . I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you , not as an integrationist or a civil rights leader but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother (King

In addition to appealing to a sense of spiritual and religious nobility , King appealed by use of historical...

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