A Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter To Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. makes the tone in his letter urgent to tell the audience that what he is saying is important and that something needs to be done. In paragraph eight he says, “We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy, and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.” He has an urgent tone in this paragraph tells the readers how they should act and that they really need do something about racial injustice now. Later in his letter he asks himself about the churches he visits in the southern states by saying, "Who worships here? Who is…show more content…
Where were their voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification ? Where were their voices of support when tired, bruised, and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?" He includes many thought-provoking questions in his text to make the reader really think about racial injustice and why it’s happening. He really wants the audience to really feel the passion that he feels about racial equality. While he wrote this letter the African-American Civil Rights Movement was going on which was causing people to protest to get equal rights for “colored people”. To explain all the details he used analogies and metaphors to make his letter understandable. In one paragraph of the letter, Martin Luther King Jr. compares racial injustice to a boil: “Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up but

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