Final 1 - Andre Murphy English 102 Unit 1 Final Rhetoric may not be something everyone is familiar with but it exists in every text and media available

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Andre Murphy English 102 Unit 1 Final 2/27/17 Rhetoric may not be something everyone is familiar with but it exists in every text and media available. Rhetoric, by definition, is the art of effective persuasive speaking or writing, but it goes beyond that. Rhetoric encompasses just about every step that is used into making a piece. It is the voice of the author, the meaning behind the context, and even the way that it is punctuated. All writers, directors, photographers, and every other person that creates content for other people show their own style. In everyone's content, there is a lesson to be learned and if you dig even deeper, you can find the way that they tap into their audience which is sometimes more of an experience than reading the content and that is exactly what rhetor is. The first article that I chose to analyze was the entire Letter From Birmingham Jail written by Martin Luther King Jr which was composed on April 13 of 1963 in order to address the issue of segregation and discrimination. Dr. King, at this time was in jail after being arrested for the participation in a non-violent protest. His argument/statement was intended to address a group of eight white religious leaders that wrote a public statement of concern and caution to the public. Throughout the entire letter there are quite a few evident shifts of style that he adapts to in order to back his claims. Near the top part of this essay, Dr. King says on page 1 “ But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.” which can very well be described as Ethos, which establishes his credibility. It does so by using the belief of his audience. Later in the first section, he uses similar tactics such as relating to the audience when he quotes stories from the bible. He also begins to state his points later in the first section
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on page 2 as well. Dr. King states “I cannot sit idly in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham.” which indicates this turning point in which he transitions into making his statements and putting forth his counter-arguments in regards to the public statement of concern. After that quote, he quickly jumps into portraying his views as to what is happening and how these men seen to be ignoring “destiny”, as Dr. King states. Throughout this section he uses strong adjectives to really emphasize on what's important. For example he uses words such as humiliating, ugly, blasted to thoroughly describe the events going on. Later, on page 3 of the letter, he brings up the long wait of constitutional equality that the negro community has waited for. He brings up the fact that other countries are sort of advancing at a jet like speed compared
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