Reliable Usage of Language in Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Prison
In April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King wrote a letter from Birmingham jail that was addressed to the 8 leaders of the white Church of the South, the “white moderates”. Dr. King’s letter speak about how unjust the white Americans were towards the black community, and how real civil rights could never be achieved. Throughout his letter, King discusses how unjust the white Americans were towards the black country, he discusses the disrespect, unreasonable and unjustified treatment the black community had gotten from the white Americans.
In the letter King’s action is extremely moving and effective to the readers, he has actually accomplished this by reliable usage of language, stylistic gadgets such as the use of imagery, similes and metaphors, and by using a lot of rhetorical questions. A rhetorical concern is a figure of speech, used in the kind of a concern, although the concern has no response, rhetorical questions are utilized for their convincing effects that expects no reply. All these stylistic gadgets help make convincing arguments throughout the letter and also assist deliver a point in such a way that plainly shows how civil liberties are neglected in the American society. The success of Dr.
King’s letter from Birmingham is mainly the outcome of efficient use of imagery. By placing imagery, this provides readers a picture of the effect segregation has actually had on the black country, hence offering readers the concept and experience of how this civil disobedience effected the black people. “I think it’s simple for those who have never ever felt the stinging darts of segregation to state “wait” “, King says that those that have not been affected by segregation wouldn’t feel how upsetting this civil disobedience is, and for the black individuals to hear the word “wait” repeatedly, and not seeing anything done to stop this civil disobedience even harms more.
King utilizes this imagery in order to offer readers the feeling of stinging and pain, in order to know how partition felt to black individuals. “For several years now I have heard the word “wait” it rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity”, the word” [R] ing” in this quote generally means a never ever ending echoe that keeps continuing and on, it has no end. Dr. King discusses to readers that from how much the Black neighborhood had heard the word wait over and over once again, even though they had actually waited and waited, there wasn’t any outcome.
Partition had actually had many impacts on the black country, to the point that it started building up ones character, “See the depressing clouds of inability start to form in her little psychological sky and see her start to distort her little personality by unconsciously developing a bitterness towards white individuals”, King shows readers that partition is even impacting kids, that it is beginning to develop a girls character and is adding to the child establishing hatred “bitterness” towards the white Americans.
King makes readers picture a black cloud settling in a girls brain mentally, when instead she should have a picture of a colorful blue sky with a rainbow, isn’t that suppose to be part of a 6 year-old’s creativity? King gives readers a picture of damage civil disobedience had actually developed in the black community, specifically in the young innocent kids. Martin Luther king asserts that the white Americans do not make sensible assertions, he says “In your declaration you assert that our actions eventhough peaceful, must be condemned due to the fact that they precipitate violence.
However is this a rational assertion? “. Dr. King shows his point by utilizing this rhetorical question that basically gives a sense of fight, he asserts that despite the fact that the black individuals’s actions are tranquil and safe, that all they require is justice, the white Americans think about this as a type of violence, when its not actually. Dr. King encourages readers to think about the concern and what the apparent answer should be. Lastly, Martin Luther King makes his letter effective by showing dissatisfaction from the white Americans,” I had hoped the white moderate would see this need.
Possibly I was too optimistic; perhaps I expected too much”, Dr. King demonstrates how dissatisfied he is from the white moderates, and how he had actually anticipated more to come out from them, however he has actually been let down. He makes them look at what they must be performing in order to stop segregation, but rather, they’re not doing anything. “As in many past experiences, our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep dissatisfaction settled upon us”, Dr.
King again demonstrates how dissatisfied the black neighborhood had been ever since, and up until that day, they were still disappointed, given that no action was done in order to stop this civil disobedience. Dr. King provides readers an image of an explosion, where all the black people’s hopes have actually blasted, shattered and disappeared, which led to disappointment. “Inspite of my shattered dreams, I concerned Birmingham with the hope that the white spiritual leadership of this neighborhood would see the justice of our cause end with deep moral concern … I had actually hoped that each of you would understand.
But once again I have been disappointed” Dr. King when again discusses the dissatisfaction he has from the white spiritual groups, when they out of all individuals should be stopping this civil disobedience, given that they are “religious” and God prohibits segregation, as the Almighty created everyone equivalent, no matter what color, what race, and what religious beliefs, they are all the very same. Dr. King shows the readers that he has strong perseverance, optimism and still holds on to that hope, that there will be a modification, even though he has actually been dissatisfied lot of times, he had still not quit on what he will fight for.
Lastly, “If I have stated anything in this letter that overstates the reality and shows an unreasonable impatience, I beg you to forgive me”, even after proving his point, revealing his disappointment in the white Americans, Dr. King still apologizes, when rather the white moderates need to be the ones asking forgiveness not him. King shows readers that still with immense dissatisfaction, he still has respect to the white Americans, despite the fact that his households have actually been harmed, impacted, and have been affected by this civil disobedience, there still is regard.
Dr. King makes the readers think that, despite the fact that they were taught what’s incorrect and what’s right, the individual who’s incorrect ought to be the one that apologizes, the one who’s right must accept the apology, nevertheless, King shows the opposite, the white Americans are incorrect, and the Black neighborhood are right, however the white Americans are in rejection, despite the fact that they understand that they are wrong, and they ought to be the ones asking forgiveness, not Martin Luther King.
In conclusion to Martin Luther King’s letter, I believe that this letter was extremely effective, stylistic sensible and emotion sensible. Initially, he addresses his readers with honesty and respect, more than they would give back in return. He utilizes a lot of images, so that the readers can see how effective this civil disobedience had on the black neighborhood, and so that the readers can think of the impact clearly in their minds, as imagery gives a sense of “taste” of the experience.
Dr. Kings strong use of Rhetorical concerns faced the readers, this made him show his point plainly and prove the unfair oppression. He utilizes detailed stories to make readers imagine the situation, such as the story of the innocent little lady, and he also shows readers how despite the fact that he is and had been disappointed, he still carries that hope, he reveals that he is not giving up of a country that does not deserve to be treated unjustly.
I think Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham jail was extremely effective, and convincing. He showed his point of unfairness and oppression by describing what ought to be “right” and what ought to be “incorrect” and how the white American’s “right” is “wrong” and unreasonable. Dr. King prospered in providing his point, plainly without a doubt, primarily due to the effective use of these stylistic devices which turned his letter into a strong persuasive yet respectful letter.