Rhetorical Evaluation

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Rhetorical Evaluation

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“Letter from Birmingham Jail”

 

As you read “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” answer the following questions/prompts thoughtfully and critically:

 

LOGOS

  1. A) Cite at least 2 claims King makes in his letter, and then specifically explain (in a minimum of 3 sentences) the details of each claim.

Claim 1: equal human rights

Explanation:

 

Claim 2: peaceful protest

Explanation:

 

  1. B) Cite a minimum of three times where King uses data, evidence and/or examples to support the claims above, or any other claim in the letter. Then explain why this is or is not effective.

1: hitler and the relief organizations during holocaust

Explanation:

 

2: just and unjust laws

Explanation:

 

3: by showing the illogical way african americans were treated

Explanation:

 

  1. C) What are 2 conclusions that King wants the readers of his letter to draw? Explain how you logically know this or can reasonably come to that conclusion.

 

Conclusion 1:

Explanation:

 

Conclusion 2:

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ETHOS

  1. A) Cite at least 2 times King establishes credibility in his letter, and then specifically explain (in a minimum of 3 sentences) how this paints him in a credible light.

1: by referencing renowned greek philosophers and comparing himself to historical figures

Explanation:

 

2: by treating the audience as equals in status and stature

Explanation:

  1. B) Cite a minimum of 3 times where King demonstrates his morality, virtue, or character in order to support his message in the letter. Then explain why this is or is not effective.

Demonstration 1:

Explanation:

 

Demonstration 2:

Explanation:

 

Demonstration 3:

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  1. C) Cite at least 2 instances where King gives the impression of good-will toward the audience. Explain how and why the audience feels as though King is on their side and/or views them in a favorable light.

 

1: by having his audience understand him in his role as a religious leader

Explanation:

 

2:

Explanation:

 

 

PATHOS

  1. A) Cite at least 2 responses King hopes to incite with his letter, and then specifically explain (in a minimum of 3 sentences) each wished-for response and what is hoped for.

Response 1:

Explanation:

 

Response 2:

Explanation:

 

  1. B) Cite a minimum of three times where King uses emotional appeals in his letter to reach his readers. Then explain how he is appealing to them and why this is or is not effective.

1:

Explanation:

 

2:

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3:

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  1. C) What are 2 audiences that King is aiming to address/reach? Explain how you know this, and if you think he is effective in his attempts to do so (minimum of 3 sentences of explanation).

 

Audience 1:

Explanation:

 

Audience 2:

Explanation:

 

 

REFLECTION

In a minimum of 250 words, reflect on “Letter from Birmingham Jail” personally as a reader. Do you think it is an effective piece of rhetoric? Why or why not? How has it made you view things differently? What were the most powerful and/or impactful parts of the letter? Was there any part of the message that you disagreed with? If so, why? Do you think King could have done anything better? If yes, what specifically? Do you believe that this letter should still be studied and/or read today? Do we still need it? Why or why not? Discuss your overall impressions and thoughts concerning the letter.