Figurative Language

  1. when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your             six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on             television, and see the tears welling up in her little eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to             colored children, and see the depressing clouds of inferiority begin to form in her little mental sky…
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  1. Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its pus-flowing             ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must likewise be exposed, with all of the             tension its exposing creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can             be cured.
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  1. Over and over again I have found myself asking: “Who worships here? Who is their God? Where were their             voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification? Where were             their voices of support when tired, bruised, and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark             dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?”
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  1. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of             popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
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  1. It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that, if I had lived             in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal.
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Analysis Question: How does Dr. King use figurative language to support his feelings about equal civil rights for         African-Americans?

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