Martin Luther King I Have A Dream Speech

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Maimunah Chishty Raymond Lebert English 111 11/3/2017 People on the Street “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” These words spoken in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have reverberated through the years as a glowing example of the power of words. On August 28, 1963, Dr. King astounded America with his historic 'I have a Dream' speech. His demand for racial justice and a unified society through non-violent methods became a mantra for the black community. In his speech, Dr. King stressed upon equality and presented his dream of an ideal …show more content…

He made them aware of the injustices of their lives by pointing out that “ the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.” Another example of a logical allusion is when Dr. King referred to the Bible by saying that " the glory of the lord shall be revealed...", which made people think about what was really happening in their lives and how unjustly they were being treated. Additionally, emphasis through repetition of certain phrases is what makes Dr. King’s speech so memorable. To increase the rhetorical effect in his speech, Dr. King used the rhetorical device ‘anaphora,’ in which words are repeated at the beginning of neighboring clauses. A pattern is set by repeating the words twice, and further repetitions signify the sequence and increase rhetorical effect. For instance, "I have a dream" is repeated in eight successive sentences. Dr. King’s greatest emotions lie in the continuous repetition of the phrases “I have a dream” and “Let freedom ring.” In addition, Dr. King repeated key words throughout his speech. For example, he used key words like "freedom," "we," "our," "nation," "America," "justice," and "dream," to highlight important themes he discussed in his speech. He also used strong phrases like “sweltering with the heat of oppression” and “Let us not wallow in the valley of despairs” to imprint the seriousness of the

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