John Jefferson And Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1363 Words Nov 25th, 2014 6 Pages
When people believe something is wrong, they will usually complain about it but it takes a special kind of person to effectively stand up for what they believe in. When people stand up for what they believe in, in a provocative way we call it radical. Thomas Jefferson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were two very important people who stood up for what they believed in and they did so in powerful ways. They both addressed their problems in similar ways by writing letters in order to get their points across however, they wrote them differently. Jefferson’s intended audience was the King of England while King’s was clergymen, so both of them had to write in different styles to appeal to their readers. The point of the Declaration of Independence was to show how the colonists felt they were treated unfairly. And in a similar way The Letter from Birmingham Jail was intended to show how African American’s felt slighted in America. Most people would not have the courage to do what these two men did for fear of what the results would be, but these men showed that if you believe something you should stand up for it, otherwise it’s never going to change. Both Jefferson and King successfully wrote provocative statements by keeping their audiences in mind and using effective rhetorical strategies to get their audiences to agree with them. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, his intended audience was King George III. When he sat down to write this, he had…

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