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Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream

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It was August 28, 1963 At the Lincoln Memorial people gathered after the March on Washington. This is where Martin Luther King Jr delivered his speech “I Have a Dream” to America. Martin Luther King Jr was known for his speeches and demonstrations that would cause a change in the minds and hearts of the American people. He stood up against what was right and what needed to be done, so Martin Luther King Jr. in his speech “I Have a dream” furthers his purpose of injustices of segregation and discrimination of African Americans that was taking place in our nation by effectively employing logos, pathos, and ethos.
One way that Martin Luther King Jr. furthers his purpose is through his use of ethos. Martin Luther King Jr. refers to Abraham Lincoln in his speech because Lincoln was against slavery. So, in second paragraph King said “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the emancipation proclamation” (381). King use of Lincoln brought expert into his speech Lincoln was a strong and most popular president. Martin Luther King is conjuring the expert of Lincoln and his view on discrimination. He is picking up the trust of people by using Lincoln.
Martin Luther King Jr. also uses Declaration of Independence as is creditability. He quotes, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (381). His use of this quote is to have the declaration of independence on his side. He is expressing that the American government has ignored on the
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