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

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Martin Luther King was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights movement was a movement to end racial segregation and discrimination against African- Americans and to secure federal protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution and Federal Law. Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a dream" speech on August 28, 1963, outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King has used anaphora at the start of each paragraph in his speech. “I have a dream”. King has used anaphora in his speech to tell the audience what he wants or what he would like to see in the future. Martin’s tone of voice when he says this line is loud and high. He stresses these words to emphasize “I” and “dream”, this shows the audience that this speech is his dream for the future of the black people and white people in America. Furthermore, the emotion Martin brings across to the audience is quite a sad but happy emotion as if to say that it’s sad that nothing has been done for black people but hopefully in the future, it can happen. The audience gets a feeling of joy to think that this is what Martin wants for the black people in America and we should make sure this happens, for future generations as well. Martin Luther King’s speech is known for his anaphoric of the line “I have a dream”.

King has used religious language in his speech. Martin says, “with this
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