Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream Speech

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Rhetorical Analysis Essay on Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech Professor Hailemarkos Worke ENGL 102 Sefra Belay September 29, 2017 Rhetorical Analysis Essay In Washington DC, on August 28, 1963 was the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech. According to Kennedy X.J., et al. in their book, The Brief Bedford Reader, Martin Luther King was an American Baptist minister who became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (p.507). He was an activist and a major advocator of “non-violent resistance” who played a major role in the advancement of civil rights. The day Martin Luther delivered his unforgettable speech was also the 100th anniversary of Abraham…show more content…
He also added that they should not judge all white people as bad by the wrong doings of “the marvelous new militancy,” indicating the good white people who joined the black community in their struggle. Further on, King tried to paint the miserable and awful conditions of the Negro people giving them hope that one day they would live in a land of freedom being treated fairly, and motivating them for the Civil Right Movement. The structure of King’s speech was manipulative that made the audience likely to agree with him and join his purpose. For this reason, it can be said that the speech’s structure was well-planned and organized that targeted the audience. There were also different types of appeals in the speech that helped to make it great. King used pathos, in which he conveyed emotional messages to the audience. The way he expressed the lives of the Negro people was touching even for those who were not victims of the discrimination. For example, he said, “…the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” Having said that, he tried to describe how unfortunate it was that the Negro people were still leading terrible lives and struck emotional values of both the white and black people. He also
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