Letter From Birmingham Jail


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  • Historical Theme
  • He explains this by saying that, "We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation."
  • Martin Luther King Jr. explains how a country divided can't be unified. This is a reoccurring theme throughout history and in his letter.
  • This helps the reader understand that King just wants nation-wide equality, as do the other enslaved and prejudiced people.
  • "Our actions... must be condemned because they precipitate violence..."
  • In the letter, King writes, "Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber."
  • Another theme used in the letter is "Punish and Protect accordingly."
  • By saying this, King is proposing the idea of a more fair justice system and further equal treatment.
  • "Segregation Forever..."
  • In the letter, King writes "Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever."
  • One last theme is that "Equality means equal for all."
  • By writing this, he is saying that he believes eventually the oppressed will be equal and the nation will be unified, and that race won't be a problem."
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