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Philosophy Essay - Martin Luther King


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the greatest, most inspirational leaders the world has ever known and the fore runner in the cause for racial unity. He was charismatic, phrased his arguments very articulately and most importantly, he had an undying will. In 'Letter from Birmingham Jail', King's thoughts and ideas are clearly expressed and are well explained. His writing style keeps the reader thoroughly engaged and provides us with a clear insight into the struggles him and the rest of the black community faced at the time. King was inspired to write the letter in response to unjust accusations made by eight Alabama clergymen; and he did so by using good rhetoric and deeply appealing to the emotions of the reader, presenting us with a powerful letter. In my view, King refuted the arguments made by the clergy and presented his counter-argument in such a way that, personal stories coupled with his views on the oppressive behavior of 'whites', fuse together to bring out the true essence of what he is trying to portray: the immediate need to end segregation. In this essay I will try to examine how King successfully expressed his views through the letter and how some personal examples of suffering and hardship helped solidify his argument and provided a strong basis for the actions of his fellow people.

The letter begins with King addressing his audience, saying, "My Dear Fellow Clergymen" (King, 13), showing his good nature and desire to discuss these serious issues at hand humbly and with levelheadedness. This polite technique also setting up the tone of the letter to be a clear , legitimate discussion of facts and issues, not just a routine response to the clergymen's accusations. He explains that he rarely answers criticisms as it would be too time consuming but says that, "since I feel that you are men of genuine goodwill and your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I would like to answer your Statement..." (King, 13),. This somewhat sarcastic tone and explanation grabs the readers attention from the very beginning and establishes the importance of the document.
King had the ability to craft words very masterfully in trying to get his point made. He would take the words of his oppressors, discredit them , convey his ideas and detail why he feels they would work. He wrote, " you deplore the demonstrations that are presently taking place in Birmigham.....I am sorry that your statement [fails to] express a similar concern for the conditions that brought [about] the demonstrations."(King, 14). Here he points out a flaw in his opponents argument, then slowly develops the notion that " the city's white power structure left the Negro community with ...

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