Essay on The Argument in a Positive Light

Martin Luther King Jr. states his arguments in one of three different ways: one, he states the opposing argument then contrasts it with his own argument, two, he quotes his adversary then either disagrees with his opponent and explains why, or he agrees with his opponent twisting his adversary's argument to fit into his argument, or Martin Luther King Jr. shows his side of the argument in a positive light by displaying the opposition's argument in a negative light. The final augmentative style is the one that I will discuss in my analysis of paragraphs number twenty-three in King's Letter from Birmingham jail.

This paragraph begins with a very subtle yet strong statement about King whom wants to "confess that over the past few years [he] has been gravely disappointed with the white moderate." The imagery used in his topic sentence: "honest confession", gives you the impression that he is opening his deepest and most heart felt emotions up to you, subsequently; when he is disappointed "gravely", as he said, by the white moderate's reactions to his direct action, you begin to feel a prejudice towards them from the very start. This imagery is continued when King states his "regrettable conclusion" about what the real obstacles on the path to freedom really are for Black people: "the white moderate". Not only does that imagery further our prejudice against the white moderate inactivists, but it also sways our judgement toward being more sympathetic to King's cause.

Martin Luther King Jr. becomes even more persuasive with his argument when he compares the white moderate with the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizen's Counciler, stating " that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is ... the white moderate". That particular statement puts an entirely negative connotation on the white moderate, which puts a shadow over any and every argument, which they may bring to light. As a consequence when King tells us... Continues...

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