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Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream Speech

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Saroj K C
Professor Bobby Jones
English 1302
2 September 2017
Rhetorical Analysis of “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.
On august 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr delivered a historical speech, “I Have a Dream” after the march on Washington. More than 200,000 people gathered at Lincoln Memorial where he spoke about the racial discrimination of African American in United States. Dr. King plays a vital role to establish an equality in United States and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His skillful way of using rhetorical language in his speech left a huge impact on audience. The main purpose of the speech was to encourage and convince audience to stand and fight to overcome racial discrimination and segregation by effectively using ethos, pathos and logos.
One-way Dr. King furthers his purpose is through his use of ethos. At the beginning of the speech he expresses his happiness for joining the demonstration and set the tone for the opening lines. Further he states that, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the emancipation proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.” To gain credibility to his speech he alludes to emancipation proclamation. With the use of authority of Lincoln, he establish common ground and trust of the audience. Furthermore, he uses Declaration of independency, to include the
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