Friday, January 9, 2009
Short Essay: The Rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Click here to read and hear (with headphones) Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Then click here to read his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail". Familiarize yourself with the following rhetorical terms and note their presence as you read:
Argument: An attempt to persuade.
Authorial Intent: The intention of the work is its plan, its purpose. By observing carefully the author's choice of language, organization and content, we may determine the end toward which the author is working.
Intended Audience: The preferred audience, the audience for whom ideas are modified, language is constructed, and positions are modified.
Logos: Argumentation appealing to the logic or reason of the intended audience.
Ethos: Refers to the character or personal appeal of the author. "Trust me, I won't mislead you."
Pathos: Refers to feelings, either sympathetic or antagonistic, provoked in the audience.
Note these terms as they appear in the selected readings. Construct an essay which compares and contrasts Dr. King's writing approach and his treatment of the aforementioned concerns for "I Have a Dream" and "Letter From Birmingham Jail".