I Have A Dream Speech Summary

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“I have a dream” speech was written by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963. It took place at the Washington D.C Civil Rights March, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It is one of the widely known speeches that was given to point out the ongoing racism problem in the United States of America. This speech brought greater attention to the Civil Rights Movement which had been going for years and it is known as one of the famous orations in the history of US. The use of evocative language, repetition of words, vivid imagery, logos, ethos and pathos in the speech has impacted millions of Americans i.e. rich, poor, black, white, old, young, male and female to live together in a Unity peacefully. The speech…show more content…
He constantly repeats the phrase “I have a dream that…” which creates a mentality among the viewers that Dr. King has faith and he believes that one day it will come true. The word “Freedom” is repeated more than twenty times to make people clearer and to inspire and encourage people to fight for their freedom. Dr. King also uses parallel structure to organize, connect and emphasize the essential elements of his speech. For example, he states, “We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together” which simply states that we should stand to fight together but it has created a deeper and emotional impact. Another example includes the phrase “We will not be satisfied” and “We will never be satisfied” to emphasize that the fights for the freedom will be continued until it’s given. Another major highlight of the speech was that it contains excellent use of Aristotle’s rhetorical appeals i.e. pathos, logos and ethos. King uses pathos to emotionally connect with his black and white audience. One of his good example of pathos includes the line " I have a dream that one day right here in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." Here King makes correct uses of pathos because in that time, Alabama was one of the state where there was
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