Letter From Birmingham Jail

What is King's tone in the opening paragraph? How might you make an argument for its being ironic?

What is King's tone in the opening paragraph? How might you make an argument for its being ironic?

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King begins his letter in a sarcastic manner. Irony can be found in the fact that the letter was written from the Birmingham jail.

If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

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Letter From Birmingham Jail