Assignment 3_Race(final draft)

Assignment 3_Race(final draft) - 1|Page Chantel Wynter...

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1 | P a g e Chantel Wynter Writing – Michael Stanish Assignment #3 – Race When an author writes they do so in an effort to try and convey a message, be it for a particular audience or to everybody in general but in their own unique way. Another method frequently used to communicate ideas is creating and formatting a work in a way that – in the author’s point of view – best pleases the target audience; an approach especially used when multiple authors are attempting to convey the same idea . A writer’s thoughts, ideas, style and diction can convey their point efficiently only depending on who they are trying to appeal to. Take for example, the writings of Malcolm X ( Learning to Read) and Martin Luther King Jr. (Letter From Birmingham Jail (1963)) which both may have been trying to accomplish the same goal during their time but the difference in how they went about doing that and who they wanted to appeal to the most, however showed how one was more productive than the other although I consider both to have contributed greatly. In Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963) we see that he’s writing to a group of clergymen in his church from a jail cell. He’s addressing the questions that were raised by the clergymen who were doubtful about the way he was going about putting an end to segregation, whereas they felt that their activities to end segregation were “unwise and untimely” (512). Although this is a letter indeed addressed to the clergymen, when looked at deeper we can see that he’s also in a way addressing a broader audience. To his own people, he’s explaining to them exactly why he’s doing what he’s doing and, why he doesn’t feel any contempt as to him being in jail. He uses a passive but strong tone to address the complaint that was set before him. He addresses the concerns in a way that you can’t really counteract on what he’s saying since he already counteracts his own points, giving answers to questions that would be sure to follow up
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2 | P a g e any idea that he sets forth. When he states, “This reveals that we did not move irresponsibly into direct action…After this we felt that direct action could be delayed no longer…You may well ask, “Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, etc? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are exactly right in your call for negotiations. Indeed, this is the purpose of direct action…” (514) He actually anticipates the next point that a person is going to make to further drive home his point. This technique actually helps him in the way that it gives the impression that he knows exactly
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Stanish during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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