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Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream Speech

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” On August 28th, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his claims about the equality of the human race, which became one of the largest civil rights demonstrations. The speech is about how there was a lot of racial inequality in the country at the time of the speech. King wanted his speech to be effective because he wanted it to come across as inspirational and he wanted America to see his views, and he wanted a dream that everyone one day would have to same equality. In Martin Luther King Jr’s, I Have A Dream speech, he argues that people of color should be treated the same no matter what the circumstances are and he does this by using various rhetorical appeals.
To make his speech more effective Martin Luther King Jr. uses ethos numerous times throughout his speech. King uses the Emancipation Proclamation to gain credibility by saying “symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation”. King uses authority by crediting Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”. He credits it by saying “five scores ago” instead of “four scores ago”. But by using the saying from Lincoln, he establishes trust and a common ground for his audience. King also credits the Declaration of Independence by saying “yes, black men as well as white men-would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life”. He
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