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Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream

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Rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques. Rhetoric is used to persuade, or impact an audience. Using rhetoric, Martin Luther King Jr. not only persuades a large audience of civil rights activist in his “I Have a Dream” speech, he also grabbed the attention of the entire country. Martin Luther King Jr.’s goal is to raise awareness about racism and to end segregation and discrimination in the United States. It is important to King that he conveys his message to the people in a convincing way. The best way to persuade and grab the attention of an audience into agreeing with a message, is to use rhetoric. In “I Have a Dream”, Martin Luther King Jr. attempts to persuade his audience into agreeing with his message by using rhetorical devices, the use motifs, and the use of logos, pathos, and ethos.
In Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he demands racial justice and an integrated society. Rhetorical devices convinced many in the black community to adopt these ideas, and have enough confidence to stand up for what King was preaching. Using allusions allows the writer to relate the material to important documents. For example, this allusion references the Declaration of Independence to let the audience know that this historical document includes African Americans, “This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the
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