I Have a Dream Rhetorical Analysis

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Mario Del Real Mrs. Walton AP Language and Composition December 2, 2013 “I Have a Dream” Analysis Martin Luther King Jr. uses numerous rhetorical strategies in his “I Have a Dream” speech in order to achieve his purpose of how blacks and whites should be able to live amongst each other with equal rights and without segregation. The strategies Martin Luther king Jr. uses to convey his purpose more powerfully are allusions, anaphora, and antithesis. In order to achieve his purpose, Martin Luther King Jr. uses allusions towards the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and to one of Shakespeare’s plays. Martin Luther King Jr. alludes to President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by opening his speech with “Five score years ago, a great American, in which symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation.” The reason King alluded to Lincoln’s speech was because he thought it was fitting considering they were both talking about how blacks need to be set free. This provides the audience with a sense that King has a more pronounced ethos because he wants the same thing Lincoln wanted which makes the audience more willing to continue listening to him. Another allusion Martin Luther King Jr. makes is when he alludes to the Declaration of Independence by saying “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.” The purpose of this allusion was so it could prove to the audience that even our founding fathers wanted everyone to be equal to each other, yet blacks still did not have equal rights. The final source Martin Luther King Jr. alludes to is Shakespeare’s play Richard III when Martin Luther King Jr. writes “This sweltering summer of the Negros legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating

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