Rhetorical Analysis Of King's Why We Can T Wait

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“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.”
-- “Amazing Grace”, Remarks by the President in Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney
On June 26th 2015, nine days after the Charleston Church Shooting that took away the precious lives of nine African-Americans, the United States president Barack Obama gave an incredible remark for pastor Clementa Pinckney that moved the heart of thousands and provoked the controversial conversation of gun violence across the nation. The success of the remark is incalculable, and what drove such success was Obama’s very ability to utilize rhetoric to attack and to build connections. Yet, throughout Obama’s speeches, …show more content…

In most of King’s pieces, he devotes great effort in trying to make connections with his audience. In “Why We Can’t Wait” -- King’s book that marked the beginning of American’s “Negro Revolution”, King develops a close connection with his audience – African Americans that suffer from the cruelty of the Jim Crow education. Simply looking at the title of the book, “Why We Can’t Wait” captures the audiences’ attention, because the pronoun “we” includes everyone (including King himself) and thus informing them about the extent of the problem. The connection to the audience builds further in this book, and yet the most powerful passage was the introduction. In the introduction, King draws a comparison of the daily lives between a “young Negro boy” from Harlem and a “young Negro girl” from Birmingham (9). King depicts the images of these children, because they symbolize the difficult childhood that most African-Americans experienced during the time. Dropping out of school, subjecting to unemployment, or losing a family member are traumas faced by African-Americans commonly during their childhood, due to their race and vulnerability as children. Depicting such childhood evokes the audiences’ similar memories, thus they will inevitably emphasize with the situation and relate to the

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