I Have a Dream Rethorical Analysis

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MARTIN LUTHER KING. On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King made a speech that was a response to a continued preconceived notion after one hundred years of end of slavery and a request to action against segregation. He fought for equality using words. King uses metaphors, pathos, experience, allusion, anaphora and repetition in his "I Have a Dream" speech in order to show the injustices of segregation and to let the listeners know that instantaneous action should be taken to resolve this dilemma of inequality. The rhetorical efforts united with King’s intense delivery influenced the audience of the time and remains inspirational today. He states that freedom for African Americans was promised but never given to them through the comparison: "America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.'" The audience can understand as a hypothesis of not getting money they were promised. He also uses logos because he uses logic as a form of reasoning. By linking lost of money to the lost of equality of the African Americans, King incites the audience into relating segregation with something biased to help the audience better understand what racism has done to society King combines his own experience in the speech to build his ethos and pathos appeals. The usage of pathos forays sensitive morals of both black and white people. The allusion: “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” (Isaiah) provides a belief and faith is what he is saying is veracity, and that everyone will stand together. He uses metaphor throughout the speech to keep the audience involved in this fight; he states, “ And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” He appeals to Americans by saying that his dream is a

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