I Have a Dream Analysis

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Rhetorical Analysis – I Have a Dream.

A speech, that will be remembered by many and be passed down from generation to generation, had shaped the future of America by the time Martin Luther King had stepped off the stage on August 28th, as he called for an end to racism in the United States during the March on Washington in 1963. This was one of, if not, the most powerful speech America has seen to this day. A beautiful way to begin! Good job!

Martin Luther King stood on that stage with confidence and determination to make a change in the United States of America and it was shown through this rhetorical masterpiece titled “I Have a Dream”. The first line of the speech makes the audience aware of not only how serious he is, but also
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Even though it is not a question, but rather a statement, it also makes you feel like you are guilty, that you are preventing his dreams of coming true and also makes you question how you would feel if you were in that situation with your kids, if the roles were reversed? He is making you want the same thing he wants, equality. Good explanation. Other examples of anaphora in this speech would be:

“One hundred years later, the Negro is still not free.
One hundred years later, the Negro…” – (Line 8-13, Page 1)

“Now is the time to make the real promises of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
Now is the time…” – (Line 30-33, Page 1)
Many good things came from this speech and Martin Luther King was a big part in changing the United States of America to what we know it as today. Honesty and bravery won this incredible man the Nobel Peace Prize just a year after he gave this speech in front of 250 000 people that day. His intention was to make a change and inspire others to chase after their dreams; he succeeded at both. Unfortunately, Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, just five short years after he helped to create better living standards for all Negroes in the United States of
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