This essay has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional essay writers.

Martin Luther Lking Metaphors

downloadDownload printPrint

Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you.

Any subject. Any type of essay. We’ll even meet a 3-hour deadline.

Get your price

121 writers online

Download PDF

Martin Luther King’s metaphors try to influence the clergymen to put themselves in the shoes of African Americans. He expresses the privation of African Americans with a metaphor when he wrote; “When you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an air-tight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society….” King compares “smothering in an air-tight cage” to the poverty African Americans are suffering under. A second metaphor depicted racial injustice as “quicksand”. Using the metaphor “quicksand” provides urgency to the issue.

This quote demonstrates how racial injustice is hurting America and putting its citizens into dangerous circumstances. Even though racial injustice and quicksand are different, they both are negative elements that are the cause of destruction.

Also, metaphors can be seen again in King’s letter where it is used to convey injustice as immoral. King highlights this situation by stating that it is painful 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…” In other words a healing boil is parallel to racial injustice being exposed so it can be resolved. When racism is exposed, people may see the true hideousness of the issue. He believes this use of metaphor will make his audience think about these circumstances in detail.

Also, in the second sentence of paragraph 14, King juxtaposes the rate of change in Asian and African cultures with the rate of change in American culture. To achieve this juxtaposition, he creates a metaphor, stating that Africa and Asia are “moving with jet like speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at a horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.” The effect of this metaphor is shocking, as America, being one of the most powerful countries on Earth, is less progressive than a third world country. The way he says it as well is extremely powerful, which shows that the people of Africa are extremely close to something huge like complete political independence but Americans are not even close to being able to eat at the same restaurants as one another.

However, there is even more to this metaphor than meets the eye. The cup not only represents being able to eat alongside white men, but it also represents total equality, which is something that is extremely desirable. “There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.” Once again he refers to this cup as what Negroes are trying to achieve. One day their dream will be achieved and their cup will be full. A simple object such as a cup can symbolize something much grander than its physical appearance.

Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.

Your time is important. Let us write you an essay from scratch

experts 450+ experts on 30 subjects ready to help you just now

delivery Starting from 3 hours delivery

Find Free Essays

We provide you with original essay samples, perfect formatting and styling

Cite this Essay

To export a reference to this article please select a referencing style below:

Martin Luther LKing metaphors. (2019, February 11). GradesFixer. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from
“Martin Luther LKing metaphors.” GradesFixer, 11 Feb. 2019,
Martin Luther LKing metaphors. [online]. Available at: <> [Accessed 16 Oct. 2021].
Martin Luther LKing metaphors [Internet]. GradesFixer. 2019 Feb 11 [cited 2021 Oct 16]. Available from:
copy to clipboard

Sorry, copying is not allowed on our website. If you’d like this or any other sample, we’ll happily email it to you.

    By clicking “Send”, you agree to our Terms of service and Privacy statement. We will occasionally send you account related emails.


    Attention! This essay is not unique. You can get a 100% Plagiarism-FREE one in 30 sec

    Receive a 100% plagiarism-free essay on your email just for $4.99
    get unique paper
    *Public papers are open and may contain not unique content
    download public sample

    Sorry, we could not paraphrase this essay. Our professional writers can rewrite it and get you a unique paper.



    Your essay sample has been sent.

    Want us to write one just for you? We can custom edit this essay into an original, 100% plagiarism free essay.

    thanks-icon Order now

    Hi there!

    Are you interested in getting a customized paper?

    Check it out!
    Having trouble finding the perfect essay? We’ve got you covered. Hire a writer

    Haven't found the right essay?

    Get an expert to write you the one you need!


    Professional writers and researchers


    Sources and citation are provided


    3 hour delivery