Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream Speech

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Martin Luther King Jr. was most famously known for his beautifully delivered speech “I have a Dream” and his vital role in the Civil Rights Movement. Thus, I believe that it is one of the greatest speeches ever to be delivered on stage. The speech had all the aspects of being the most influential speech ever, it became historically significant and played a vital role in the American Civil Rights Movement. “I have a Dream” speech was strongly well thought-out based on several exceptional aspects that it involves. The uses of rhetoric’s, word play/choices, and especially the metaphors that painted a picture for the audience. “I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. was powerfully effective based on his knowledge of word play, rhetorical devices and tone. Firstly, an aspect that I undoubtedly enjoyed was the power of word choices and tones MLK made in his speech. Most word choices were scholarly chosen so that they evoked emotion and would make a profound impact towards his audience. Furthermore, his sentence structures were well-crafted as it smoothly shifted in tones and articulated. “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.” MLK used evocative language in his speech to draw emotional connections from his audience which led to a more engaged audience. As can be seen, there was alliteration in that phrase that made sentences sound graceful to the ear. “The dark and desolate” contained the words:
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