Critical Response Essay Final - I Have a Dream

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‘I have a Dream’ – Critical Response Essay ------------------------------------------------- How does ‘I have a Dream’ By Martin Luther King conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a persuasive speech, and for what purpose? ------------------------------------------------- I have chosen the question “How does the text conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a particular genre, and for what purpose?” I have decided to analyse Martin Luther King’s classic Civil Rights Movement speech “I have a Dream” and how the structure of the speech creates a persuasive aspect for the audience. This task refers back to Part 1 of the English Language and Literature Course. The essay will address these key points: 1. Repetition at…show more content…
The technique of Anaphora is commonly used to punctuate a certain point and set a pattern to increase its dramatic effect during a speech. In this announcement, King uses anaphora on 8 different occasions to stress his opinions. An example of this would be “Now is the time…” (27-30) when King directly addresses the audience to encourage them to stand up for their rights and “rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation…” (28). “I have a dream…” (72), repeated the most throughout the speech, also created emphasis through repetition of a phrase, leaving a stronger impression in the audiences mind and hence a heavier emotional attachment from the audience would lead to easier persuasion through speech. Providing specific examples that are related to the audience will help convince and improve validity of a speech. Martin Luther King does this by mentioning geographical references such as “Mississippi” (78), “Alabama” (84), “South Carolina” (78), “Georgia” (78), and “Louisiana” (79). With these examples mentioned continuously by King, the audience relates on a personal level to these particular locations. They evoke strong emotions and images within the particular man as those mentioned may be their home state, directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement at the time. This makes the speech more inclusive of the audience, and with the personal relationship that was created between King and his followers, it became
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