Rhetoric in Jfk and Mlk Jr.'s Speeches

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Respond to the following prompt: "There are 3 Rhetorical Devices (logos, ethos, pathos). Provide a quote from each of the two speeches that best represent the use of each of the rhetorical devices. Keep response to a minimum of 1000 words.”

In the 1960’s, civil rights were becoming a very present and evident concern to the people of America once again. Issues were being brought up to leaders that could and had the authority to actually help out and do something about these said issues. John F. Kennedy was elected in 1961, and the state our country was in was not as great as it could have been. In fact, it was not good at all. In North America, African Americans were discriminated against in many areas including education, work
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Let both sides unite to heed, in all corners of the earth, the command of Isaiah -- to ‘undo the heavy burdens, and [to] let the oppressed go free.’”

Here in this passage you can see Kennedy using the phrase “let both sides,” which entails all nations to rise up to the calling for world peace and prosperity.

In Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, King also uses rhetorical strategies to appeal to his audience.

We can see pathos in the quote: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." This is appealing to pathos because a dream deals with emotion and feelings that you wish to happen or carry out.

Ethos is present in King’s speech when he states: “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.” It really says a lot when King can effectively communicate his ideas on peace while maintaining that he is against violence.

We can see the logos Martin Luther King Jr. uses when he refers to Lincoln’s promise to our country that was left unfulfilled.

“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous
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