Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have Dream

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The mid 1900s was an extremely troublesome time for African Americans. They weren’t viewed or treated equivalently to white Americans due to the color of their skin. There were laws known as Jim Crow Laws that enforced segregation, “separate but equal”, African Americans had separate water fountains, restaurants, schools and so much more from white Americans. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Civil Rights activist who fought against Jim Crow Laws and for equality and justice for everybody. On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. presented his iconic well-known speech, “I Have Dream” in Washington D.C. This speech was addressed over forty years ago and it is still relevant to this day and will live on for generations. His purpose was to…show more content…
They have neglected their duty to ALL people. Many Americans stand with the Declaration of Independence and the Founding Fathers of this nation believe that everyone deserves equality so therefore this is a moral obligation. He sets up his own credibility because he is an American citizen and is affected by the deeds of the government. King is also an eminent man who was a writer, minister, Civil Rights activist, Humanitarian and Pastor, these occupations contribute to his principled character and makes him a dependable person to deliver this speech. He utilizes ethical persuasion effectively and influences his audience that African Americans should be granted equality given to all people despite race. King portrays pathos beneficially throughout his speech. He opens with gratitude by saying, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” This sends a sense of welcoming and feeling of appreciation to the audience for attending. Then he alludes to the bible, “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” This creates an emotional realization that they all need to come together. People have faith, belief and praise the bible so this will make
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