August 29, 2013
“I Have a Dream” Analysis
Martin Luther King, Jr. began speaking in various cities on behalf of African Americans, who, after slavery, were still treated poorly. Segregation was still prominent during the time King was giving his “I Have a Dream Speech”, which, in King’s eyes, contradicted with many United States documents that stated “all men are created equal.” King’s goal was to promote equality throughout the United States and bring all Americans together as one without prejudice towards men and women of different races or religions. He believed that through equality the United States would be a better place. Most of King’s audience consisted of African Americans who felt the same way as he did. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech gave many men and women of different races hope for a better and brighter future.
Starting his speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. uses previous United States documents that state that all men, regardless of race, are to be treated as equals. This proves to the audience that King is educated and fighting towards integration that should already be active. He continues on to tell emotional stories of the hardships that colored men have dealt with over the past century. After slavery ended, African Americans enjoyed their freedom, but were never free from the discrimination that still existed in the hearts of many white people. He mentions police brutality towards colored men and other struggles that black men had to face. King insists that now is the time to take action on segregation and to continue on with this mindset was infectious to the people. He ends his speech with his American dream of equality that truly allowed the audience to connect with King and his goals of integration.
analyze the speech's key parts and patterns (e.g., the use of ethos, pathos, logos), the speech's structure/arrangement, King's style or his use of key metaphors or other figures of speech), etc.; interpret...