When he quoted words from the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal,” it supported his equality argument for all citizens. He was not only speaking for the African Americans that were before him but, too all other ethnicities that were not present. Very conscious of his audience, and commanding of his wording, King avoids hurting his credibility. In the very last paragraph of the speech, King provokes another example of rhetorical appeal to ethos, “And when this happens- when we allow freedom ring…we will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual.” By making that final statement, King builds up his credibility to another level, evoking ethos. Phenomenal use of metaphors helps King persuade his audience.
It states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The entire human race is born equal so, no one man is more deserving or more superior to another. Those Americans being oppressed feel powerless which makes them unable to carry out their dreams and make their hopes a reality. But it is up to those suffering to “bring back their mighty dream again”. As a black American, Langston Hughes speaks on behalf of all American
Dr. King starts off by stating that his speech “will go down as one of the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (King, 383). This contrasts with Lincoln’s Address because Dr.King was very aware of the influence his speech would have on the country. John F Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” also relates to the irony of President Lincoln’s Address by stating that “We dare not forget that today we are heirs of that first revolution”(Kennedy, 380). Kennedy was saying that we can not forget our past and where we got our ideals of equality and freedom.Lincoln’s Address also sheds light on the value of the events, the fight at hand and the need for unity, which Dr.King and President Kennedy both speak about. When John F. Kennedy was giving his Inaugural Address he was talking about a celebration of freedom while Dr.King was giving an inspirational speech of hope for that justice.
Kennedy included phrases such as one-half, one-third, twice as much, and half as much to indicate the chances of an average American Negro to complete certain obstacles equivalent to the average white American. The motivation for such number references is relevant and leads up to Kennedy's thought that "a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. Within the speech, Kennedy described this nation to be "founded on the principle that all men are created equal however this applied to everyone but Negroes in the community. Lincoln freed the slaves more than a hundred years ago, but to this day, the slaves'
"I have a dream that one day the nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ that all men are created equal." For the next few lines of his speech he repeated these words, "I have a dream," which helped arouse emotion in his audience and give them hope. This hope was that they would one day be treated as equals and walk side by side with the all other races. King uses his the phrase "I have a dream today," twice as its own paragraph. This statement was probably spoken with great emphasis since it gave the listeners the desire to change "today" instead of continuing to be discriminated against.
African-Americans have metaphorically been given a “bad cheque”. The social Temperature is rising but they will seek justice through doing what is right, not through resorting to violence and civil disorder. Black and white people will walk together towards a better future, acknowledging the suffering that many have already undergone in this cause. King tells them not to despair because he has a ‘dream', 'hope’ and ‘faith’. If they all dream the same dream, they will be “free at last”.
It was reverend Martin Luther King and other great people like him in history, people with a desire for justice and equality, that eventually brought equality or at least reasonable equality in comparison to the inequalities that once existed in the United States of America. It is absolutely astounding that today the USA has a black president, this is a wonderful testament to those that sacrificed so much to see those of cultural and ethnic minority recognised as equal. It is not so much the battle for equality that is going to be examined in this essay however, a different view is going to be looked at, as every story has two sides it is important to look at the other side from time to time. This is not meant as from a point of pity, but more from a point of view that we can understand what happened and how it was allowed to develop into the complete degradation of a people based solely on their race and the exploitation of these people to the benefit of the few. In this essay we are going to summarise why the wealthy and powerful white Americans, those few that made so much from the oppression of the African Americans, required such in equality and why it was worth fighting for?
I Have a Dream Analysis On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered possibly the best speech in American history. The speech was titled â€œI Have a Dreamâ€, and was recited in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King uses anaphora, metaphors, and allusions to help portray his theme of racial equality, and a better future for America. â€œAnd so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let Freedom ring from the mighty mountain of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.â€ Martin Luther King Jr. used the rhetoric device called anaphora to emphasize his theme of equality.
The claim of this argument is that all men are equal and should be treated equal. To represent the “grounds” and support of his claim, he uses historical documents like the Emancipation Proclamation; the document President Lincoln signed the freed all slaves, as well as the Declaration of Independence. “This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” (King). Here, King is implying that American citizens have been ignoring this promissory law, and the black population is not happy. When King refers to how important “the fierce urgency of Now,” is, he backs up the argument of how the black population is so worn down and disgraced that they just cannot take the shameful respect any longer.
Both speeches I Have a Dream and Glory and Hope are similar because of the author's motivation and the purpose he wanted his words to create and fulfill. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s motivation was to move his people, to get everyone believing that things would get better, to push the system along its route to equality and freedom. “So we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition … We have also come to this hollowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now,” (King). King is talking about the need for an end of the treatment of the African American people, and the tiring wait for change. Nelson Mandela's motivation was to let his listeners know that the future would hold something better, and to state that the doors to freedom are unlocked.