Language purposefully in his text. Provide specific examples from the text to support your analysis



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Recall the writing prompt for this unit:

What makes King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" powerful and effective? After reading King's letter, answer the question by analyzing how he uses structure and language purposefully in his text. Provide specific examples from the text to support your analysis.

Your study of language in this assignment will begin to help you answer this question and respond to the prompt later in the unit.

King’s Words Start a Fire



Like protest songs, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” includes many examples of figurative language meant to persuade people to take action.

In each line, an instance of figurative language is already identified for you. Use what you learned in the lesson to identify the type of figurative language, explain what the figurative language means, and explain the tone and mood of the line from the letter. Some parts of the chart are already completed for you.

The line … from “Letter from Birmingham Jail”



is an example of …
(Which type of figurative language such as metaphor, simile, personification, symbol, or allusion?)

that means…


and creates a

____________ tone

and a

____________ mood.



Example:

This movement is nourished by the contemporary frustration over the continued existence of racial discrimination.


is an example of Personification


that means the movement grows because of the people’s frustration with racial discrimination



and creates a Factual tone and an Urgent mood.

 

  1. and see the tears welling up in her little eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see the depressing clouds of inferiority begin to form in her little mental sky




This is an example of allusion.

That means the racism surrounding the children within the minority comunities prevented them from having and actual childhood. 

factual tone
depressing mood

 

2. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice where they experience the bleakness of corroding despair.

This is an example of a metaphor. 

That means there may be a time when men run out, caused dispair within the comunity 

condescending tone
Urgent mood

3. To a degree academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.

This is an example of a metaphor. 

Socrates disobeyed laws that were not fair, which made it so students today can think freely (and possibly differently than their teachers).

freedom of thought tone
Thought-provoking mood

4. Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its pus-flowing ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must likewise be exposed, with all of the tension its exposing creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

This is an example of a simile. 

This means that people need to see the ugly/bad before they can see the good thing for the world. 

formal tone
throught provoking mood 

5. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.

This is an example of a metaphor.

The church did not just reflect what was happening in society; it actually had the ability to change what was happening in society.

insightful tone
cheerful mood 

6. Let us all hope the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities…

This is an example of symbolism

 This means that the racial prejudice and missunderstandings will all be barriers that will be broken down soon.

Optimistic tone
hopeful mood

7. Let us all hope the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities

This is an example of personification

This means that the people of color's fear has been thouroughly spread throughout the community

factual tone
Serious mood


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