Third is logos, the act of persuading by providing the audience with logic of the author's arguments. Every aspect of rhetorical appeals was shown in Senator Barack Obama's speech. In the speech, Obama uses these appeals to persuade his audience that we, as Americans, need to come together as a union to solve the problems of our society. Obama begins his speech by reciting the first line of the United States Constitution, "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union" (647). Through the use of the United States Constitution, Obama shows his credibility to write the speech and for the nation to trust him and realize the importance of his speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered at Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. In hopes of planting the seed of equality into every American’s heart and letting it flourish. King expresses his profound and powerfully emotional thoughts while also mentioning momentous decrees such as the Emancipation Proclamation and Declaration of Independence that were signed by our founding fathers in our nations early history. These documents were intended to unlock the invisible cage that once held African Americans hostage from being treated as equals. Centuries later the Negro community was still riddled by racial injustice and oppression.
He was a major leader in the civil rights movement because he had a vision of what should be...he had a dream and he was able to articulate that dream to the masses. His vision touched a chord and led to real change. A mission statement on the other hand must be more concrete and define specifically what the organization does. It must be short and succinct. When
Communication, through speech, is a very powerful tool to provoke people to make change. Speeches are used in Presidential campaigns to convince the citizen to favor a certain candidate. Speeches are also used in important events to encourage people to change behavior. The speech that Martin Luther King, Jr., gave to America changed the way African-Americans are being treated. King delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history.
He uses many techniques, of which, I think allusion and repetition is most effective. He uses allusion to make reference to the past; this is shown by the quote, “five score years ago, a great American who’s shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation” This quote is referring to Abraham Lincoin’s work for civil rights that released negro’s from slavery such as the slave plantations in African or from being sold in the UK. This is effective because he is reminding the audience that black people have come along way in 100 years but are not still fully free. It makes them think about what happened back then and why it was wrong, if they realise it was wrong then they will realise that nothing has changed and discrimination is still wrong. Martin Luther King also uses contrast, this is shown by the quote, “Joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.” using contrast makes the difference between the past and present more clear to the audience that didn’t suffer like they did.
Secondly Martin Luther King hope for freedom has repeated the phrase “with this faith we will”. This shows that Martin Luther King Junior aspired for freedom and equality for black people. It implies he fought for justice. King didn't just complain about injustice, he also painted a vision of a bright future. The quote illustrates that there is hope for Americans to become one and united nation.
“Five score years ago” made reference to a speech that Lincoln gave, the Gettysburg Address, in which he began by the undying words “Four score and seven years ago.” To solidify his opening and the thesis of his speech, King speaks about the Emancipation Proclamation, a document that had a purpose of freeing black slaves in America. This allusion was the beginning of his speech and the main topic of it: Equality in America. He quotes from the Declaration of Independence and from the founding fathers of our country, striking a patriotic chord of all who are listening, telling stories of how our forefathers saw this country, as one united nation, with nobody being denied their unammendable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. By evoking that feeling of patriotism, King brought a nation together on something they could agree on, and then he influenced the people as a whole to believe as he did. To bring out more emotion from the audience, King aggressively pushes the issue of blacks being treated poorly.
King also used repetition to make the keywords stick in people’s minds, he mostly repeated the words ‘freedom’ and ‘dream’, freedom being used from beginning to end. King uses dream toward the end of the speech to indicate that freedom is a dream for the future. At the start of King’s speech he says ‘five score years ago’ he is referring to Abraham Lincoln speech one hundred years before in 1863. At the beginning of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln he says ‘four score and seven years ago’ and he is referring back to 1773 when America got its independence. King uses emotive language a lot in his
Darius Word Ms.G FDNY 66G Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” Speech Summary Martin Luther King powerfully begins his speech by recalling to our memories those famous words spoken by Abraham Lincoln in his Emancipation Proclamation that free all slaves “forever free” from January 1st, But Martin Luther King says “ 100 years later Negros still not free”. Of course this was not the end of black slavery. Slavery was not officially ended until October of 1865. Thank God for the 13 amendment of the constituent. It impacted us in a very good way.
My voice matters because without it, how would I be able to communicate? If I didn't have a voice how am I to be heard? My voice matters because it is the key to be heard, I can express my opinions and thoughts, and with it I can stand up for myself and others. My voice matters because it is the key to be heard. Being heard can change the world around you and the people as well.