Persuasion In I Have A Dream Speech

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Dreaming of Civility Well-known and beloved by many, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” on August 28th of 1963 to a crowd full of African-Americans and supporters of civil rights. His speech was designed to persuade people to rise up for justice, but also to love and to have hope for each other and the Civil Rights Movement instead of engaging in the same hate that was directed at them, promoting a new way to advocate against injustice. The effectiveness of King’s persuasive technique is seen both in the past and present through the accomplishment of his goals, the copious memorabilia dedicated in his honor, and the analysis of his persuasive technique itself. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin…show more content…
King bemoans the fact that “one hundred years” after the Emancipation Proclamation an the end to slavery, “the Negro still is not free.” This may not seem like a typical logical appeal at first because it appeals to emotion, but it also points out that the revered Emancipation Proclamation that supposedly freed African-Americans, in fact, only lengthened the chains that bound them. King also argues that despite the words written in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and are therefore guaranteed certain rights, African-Americans still have yet to be given those rights at all. He furthers the logical argument by comparing this denial of rights to a “bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’" (King). This appeals to the logic that if all men are created equal, then they should be treated equal; one man should not have more or less rights than…show more content…
The alternating use of ethos, logos, and pathos is an artful means of establishing and maintaining the connections between both audiences in question even occasionally making an attempt at pulling the hostile audience in. The tone of the piece, while lacking when it comes to the hostile audience, is truly very compelling for a neutral or supportive audience because it is hopeful whereas the tone towards the hostile audience is scornful. Overall, the speech does a wonderful job of conveying Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and using persuasive techniques to convince certain audiences that King’s way is the right way which is why many Americans still dream

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