Letter from a Birmingham Jail ethos

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King’s use of ethos in the short story “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” effectively communicates the theme of nonviolent protest being a righteous way to seek justice and peace against the segregation and brutality of the white man for the African American folk in Birmingham County. King utilizes ethos in many ways including informing the clergymen of Birmingham of the importance and his special interest in the letter; restating the counterargument to reinsure and respect the reader; quoting and referencing the Bible, acclaimed philosophers, and renowned leaders around the world; and securing a mutual ground with the clergymen. . One of the main concepts of ethos is the credibility of the evidence used to prove an argument and King follows this by citing the Bible, acclaimed philosophers, and renowned leaders around the world, especially of the Christian faith. By citing leaders of the Christian faith, he establishes a common ground with the Birmingham clergymen who are also of the same
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Chapman during the Spring '12 term at Northern Virginia Community College.

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