Literary Anaylsis
Updated: 3/28/2021
Literary Anaylsis

Storyboard Text

  • Imagery
  • Alliteration
  • These Jim Crow Laws are unjust and have no place in our society.
  • Personification
  • "Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty." The usage of imagery shows the transition and improvement of a community once they are desegregated.
  • Parallelism
  • "Hence segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and sinful. Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Is not segregation an existential expression of man's tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness?" The usage and repetition of the word segregation is used to emphasize the wrongdoings of the Jim Crow Laws.
  • Metaphor
  • "More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent [...] inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation." The alliteration in this text emphasizes how time is key and they should not waste time.
  • Allusion
  • ". Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village [...] so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid." It shows how King is the Paul of the civil rights movement spreading the wisdom of equality and freedom.
  • Apostle Paul
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  • MLK
  • "But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century." It compares church to irrelevant social clubs as if different races cannot attend church together then where is the unification and glory of the church.
  • "It is expressed in the various black nationalist groups that are springing up across the nation, the large stand best known being Elijah Muhammad's Muslim movement." MLK would replicate such ideas by spreading unity and acceptance as opposed to hatred.