Letter From Birmingham Jail Analysis

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What is King's tone in the opening paragraph? How might you make an argument for its being ironic? King's tone in the opening paragraph is very sarcastic and lighthearted. He starts off addressing the reader in a non-aggressive way. For example, from the very first sentence when King uses ,"calling our present activities 'unwise and untimely' you already know he doesn't mean it. The argument for it to be ironic wouldn't be hard to make at all because King is in the right but has to present it as if if he's in the wrong and explaining everything readers. When they are clearly the ones who are in the wrong. 3. How do King's allusions to biblical figures and events appeal to both ethos and pathos? King's allusions to biblical figures helped his pathos by acknowledging something that people hold close to them; religion. When King talks about religion he's trying to get to the reader on a common ground. The examples he uses in the text is to try to get the reader…show more content…
talk about something that has been going on for years that no one has ever considered. He states this in the text when he says,"I am persuaded that a coldly thought-out and independent verdict upon a fashion in clothes, or manners, or literature, or politics, or religion, or any other matter that is projected into the field of our notice and interest, is a most rare thing --- if it has indeed ever existed."-Mark Twain It seems that Twain has been thinking about this his entire life considering the fact that this letter was found after he died. He plainly states to the reader that no one person really has their 'own' opinion truly. His main purpose is to get the reader to understand his reasoning and standpoint on this particular situation. 7. Why is paragraph 13 so long? Where, if anywhere, could Twain's have broken it up? What is in the effect of the series of subordinate clauses in the middle of the
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