I Had A Dream Stylistic Analysis

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Pressing Frustration Martin Luther King’s “I Had a Dream” speech expresses the tones of pressing frustration. King demands that the government give the overdue debt of liberty for African Americans. He imagines a future of fellowship between races and is passionately arguing for this equality of all men. King’s diction intensifies his compelling dissatisfaction with the cruel treatment the white American government gives the blacks. The nation is long overdue in “cash(ing) a check” of liberty, so the Negroes act as “whirlwinds of revolt” until America is “transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice” (King). Blacks of America are uprising because of their lack of civil rights in the eye of the American system. All Negroes want…show more content…
King portrays his dream of freedom by stating that someday people will “not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character” and hopes that both whites and blacks and people of all races will be able to “work together, pray together, struggle together, go to jail together, and to stand up for freedom together” (King). Martin Luther King only wants to achieve togetherness and hopes that in the future our nation will come to be place where this dream is epitomized. He believes true equality is the only away for America to be truly a free, democratic nation. King’s detail shows the audience the how important taking steps towards black liberty is to save African American’s from the terrible burdens that are inherent in being black. The organization of King’s speech switches from urgency to caution and finally to hope. At first King talks about the necessity of blacks’ getting the liberty they have waited so long for since the Emancipation Proclamation as soon as possible. America owes Negroes civil liberties that have been denied for almost a hundred years now, and the blacks cannot wait any longer. This section of the speech shows that their liberty is important and that it is crucial that it be gained as soon as possible .In the middle, King speaks of how they must be careful in achieving their goals. He
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