Rhetorical Analysis Of Dr. Martin Luther Kings “I Have A Dream”

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Rhetorical Analysis of Dr. Martin Luther Kings “I Have A Dream” (Revised)
On August 28th 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I Have a Dream” speech which was addressed to not only the 200,000 white and black Americans but people all around the world. The “I Have A Dream” speech has been considered one of the most greatest and powerful speeches in history. Why was it given? Simply to rectify that all me were created equal despite their race or color. In this Analysis I will be explaining some literary terms he used as strategies in his speech, and also explain how Dr. King used two ...view middle of the document...

Both blacks and whites respected Lincoln. This introduction sentence sent a message to both ethnicities there. Giving credit to Abraham Lincoln being that he was a great president who used that line in empowering Americans during the civil war and had gained the trust of America and also established a new sense of freedom.

Dr. Kings use of pathos was very good, with the way that he directs address both his audience both black and white emotionally to me is “The Power Behind the Punch” (Williamson, Feb, 23 2013) everything he put into this speech has a emotional kick to it weather it was sad, funny, or encouraging. Throughout this entire speech you can hear the crowds emotion changing after almost every paragraph. A great example of this is the paragraph: “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.” This triggers a encouraging emotion which leads to applause, and then he follows after by saying, “But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.” And the crowd began to laugh. (I have a dream speech original recording.)

Throughout this great speech by Dr. Martin Luther King you can only imagine all of the research, time, and dedication he put into this strong empowering speech. Dr. King recalled that he did not finish the complete text of the speech until 3:30 A.M. on the morning of August 28th....

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