Rhetorical Devices In The Declaration Of Independence

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Carrisa Johnston, Taya Ruiz, Claudia Black, Livia Demartini
English 12 Block 1
Rhetorical Analysis
Message: One of the main messages of the speech is that King wants there to one day be a time where everyone is free. Example 1: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The people are hoping from this fight that they will achieve full freedom and acceptance from all of society. Example 2: “ I have a dream that one day this nation will raise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:’ We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal.” When the Declaration of Independence was written, they wanted freedom from England for everyone in America to be free. With that being stated, King is saying that it is not true and that they needed to fight and make it happen.

Purpose: The purpose of the speech was to tell them that they need to keep fighting for their freedom, but not to use violence as a way to achieve it. Example 1: “ Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” Martin Luther King is wanting the people to fight with words not fists. Even though they have bitterness and hatred they need to control it and be the bigger person. Example 2: “Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.” He wants them to continue to fight

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