I Have A Dream Speech Outline

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I. Introduction-lead in & background:
A. “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” This is one of the many lines in the “I Have A Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. this particular speech as been on top of the list of greatest speeches of all time.
B. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave this speech over segregation and racism in the United States on August 28, 1963.
C. He was a civil rights activist, he was giving this speech to the U.S. people to try and stop racism.
D. In the “I Have A Dream” speech there is so much construction to the speech, a great amount of ethos, pathos and logos is used to make this racism speech what it was and so effective. Tying those
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Ethos, which is ethics, is used very well in this speech. Ethos has to do with the spirit of a culture, the atmosphere. He gave it on the steps of the Lincoln memorial so he used Lincoln in his speech by saying, “Five score years ago…”
1. “Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation proclamation”
2. Using something as powerful as relating back to Lincoln effected the speech greatly. Lincoln was such a powerful speaker and president who affected the people throughout the civil war, he gained the people’s trust in America and empowered them to do what is right, and that’s exactly what Martin Luther King wanted to do and did do in his speech.
3. Ethos is one of the three rhetoric devices there is also pathos, and logos and all three are used in this speech.
B. Pathos, which is emotion, there is a huge amount of emotion used throughout this speech, not only in the lines he used but in his voice and in his words, and the meaning behind all of it.
1. The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see together.”
2. Dr. King is using the bible and this line to show the emotion behind it, to try and connect with the audience. He is trying to tell them that we the people need to become as one and not
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