Letter From Birmingham Jail

Give examples of the writers use of metaphors, imagery, and anaphora

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"In spite of my shattered dreams, I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religious leadership of this community would see the justice of our cause and, with deep moral concern, would serve as the channel through which our just grievances could reach the power structure."

"It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative."

Structures in buildings supply strength and durability. In this case, King is speaking metaphorically about America's social systems.

Example of anaphora:

'Was not Jesus an extremist for love: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.' Was not Amos an extremist for justice: Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.' Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.' Was not Martin Luther an extremist: Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God'


Letter From Birmingham Jail