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Rachel Freed
English 10H
Mr. Kenny
Fight For What You Want
When people do not get what they want in life, they usually fight until they get it. The texts, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” by Martin Luther King Jr., “A Genetics of Justice,” by Julia Alvarez and “Address to the United Nations Youth Assembly,” by Malala Yousafzai, share a common purpose. The purpose the authors identify is that if you don’t fight for what you want, no changes will be made. In order to advance their purpose, each author uses rhetoric. In King’s text, “Letters from Birmingham Jail,” King is writing while imprisoned for participating in nonviolent demonstrations against segregation. The reason for him being in Birmingham is that he wants to battle injustice. In his opinion, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (King 4). He is ready to make a change and he is tired of injustice. He has heard the word, “wait,” many times before, (King 11). Negros have waited “for more than three hundred and forty years” for [their] God-given and constitutional rights,” (King 11). After stating this, King goes on by stating all of the hardships him and his “Negro brothers,” have had to face, such as “hate-filled policemen [cursing, kicking, brutalizing and even killing his] black brothers and sisters” (King 11). King’s use of rhetoric, specifically his appeal to pathos, makes it clear that he believes himself and the Negro community do not have the rights he thinks they deserve. This validates part of the central claim and advances his purpose. The other part of the central claim King proves, you should fight in order to make a change. He clearly believes in nonviolent demonstrations, because that is why he was in jail. He opposes creating violent tensions, but he thinks nonviolent tension is constructive and “necessary for growth,” (King 9). He also states that Socrates, “felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise...