Pathos In Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream

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Jamie O’Connor
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During the 20th century racism in America was a huge problem, with racism towards black Americans being the most prominent. Martin Luther king was born on the 15th of January 1929, he was a black American who was most famous for his civil rights work during the 1960s. Reverent Martin Luther King didn’t agree with racism and was fighting for equal rights among white people and black people. Martin Luther King’s speech ‘I Have a Dream’ is a remarkable speech with many forms of persuasion. The forms of persuasion he uses in his speech ‘I Have a Dream’ is Ethos, Pathos, Logos. Ethos is a form of persuasion by using somebody’s credibility or character. Pathos is a form of persuasion from somebody’s emotional side. Lastly logos is a form of persuasion by using facts and dates.
Martin Luther king uses ethos in many cases in his remarkable speech “I Have a Dream”. He uses ethos in his speech to connect with his audience and persuade them that they are fighting with other famous Americans. Such as famous fathers and Abraham Lincoln. Martin Luther king’s approach is very smart because he knows the American people trust famous people so using them as examples they will be on Martin Luther King’s side. A remarkable use of Ethos that Martin Luther King states in his speech “I Have a Dream” can be found in the second stanza in the first couplet “five score years ago, a great American, in whose
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