Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream Speech

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At the March on Washington, August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. King was encouraged to write the speech because of all the injustices involving minority groups in America. He hopes to be a “beacon of light”(American Rhetoric:Martin Luther King) to many. Even though the “I Have a Dream” speech is targeted towards the negroes in the southern states in America that go through the struggle of inequality, it can be used to help all races. The purpose of the speech is to shed light on the discrimination and help all races come together in peace. MLK said the justice system was “bankrupt” and full of “insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity” (American Rhetoric:Martin Luther King, Jr I…show more content…
Along the way he has evoked many different emotions in his audience with the use of pathos. He will do the same with his effective ethos and remarkable diction. MLK’s use of ethos in the “I Have a Dream” is effective because the audience looks up to his character. King inspires and gives confidence to those who need it the most. King said “must not allow creative protest to degenerate into physical violence” instead he says too “rise to majestic heights meeting physical force with soul” (American Rhetoric:Martin Luther King, Jr I Have a Dream”) those few word sparked the minds of those individuals. Telling them not to fight fire with fire, but to not fight at all. He wants then to let their words be the weapons of this war (American Rhetoric:Martin Luther King, Jr I Have a Dream”). In the “I Have a Dream” speech King talks a lot about peace and freedom. People who want the same are more likely to support his cause, they are willing to follow him because they believe in his character. He is a “stone of hope” (American Rhetoric:Martin Luther King, Jr I Have a Dream”) to many. MLK’s use of ethos in the “I Have a Dream” speech is a reflection on his personality. The same Personality that thousands of people all over the world are attracted to, and he will do the same with his remarkable diction. King’s word choice in the “I Have a Dream” speech helps to guide his following down a path of positivity. King
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