Rhetorical Analysis Of "I Have A Dream" Speech By Martin Luther King Jr.

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From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial more than two score years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King electrified America with his momentous "I Have a Dream" speech. Aimed at the entire nation, King’s main purpose in this speech was to convince his audience to demand racial justice towards the mistreated African Americans and to stand up together for the rights afforded to all under the Constitution. To further convey this purpose more effectively, King cleverly makes use of the rhetorical devices — ethos, pathos and logos — using figurative language such as metaphors and repetition as well as various other techniques e.g. organization, parallel construction and choice of title.
In the preamble, King employs the strategy of ethos, a technique
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By doing so, King is treating his diverse audience as a whole, as if they are one body that must help each other and making everybody feel equal. Not only does this symbolizes [Agreement]brotherhood, but also gives King a reliable reputation as he develops a degree of trust from his audience by using the all inclusive “we”. "We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice". [Avoid starting a paragraph on a quote. Instead, create a strong transition sentence in your own words]With these words, King employs the technique of logos, the logic, as he appeals to the African American population not to give up their fight for civil equality. Furthermore, the organization of the speech is also quite logical. For instance, King begins by alluding to history, and then he portrays a picture of a seething American nightmare of racial injustice and ends the speech with dramatic future by painting the dream of a better, fairer future of racial harmony and integration [Maybe a little more on logos]. Subsequently, King exercises the strategy of pathos, the emotional appeal. For example, he uses poignant imagery with a contrast of light versus dark to grab the audience’s attention in his statement, "Now is the time to rise from the
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