I Have A Dream Rhetorical Analysis

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“I Have a Dream” August 28, 1963 a powerful speech: “I Have A Dream” was delivered to over 200,000 people at the Lincoln memorial in Washington D.C. by, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Not only a highly respected activist and heroic leader for civil rights, he was a well educated and phenomenal speaker. King captivated his audiences by using various strategies such as, metaphors, repetition, historical and spiritual allusions, and word choice. Some of these techniques will be explained here. Metaphorically, Kings speech consists of a system that effectively grabs the attention of African-Americans which are effected by and relate to a hindrance at hand. “So we have come to cash this check,”(540). This is a clever metaphor describing that America…show more content…
King repetitively uses this statement over and over. The recurrent use of this statement is the foundation of methodical endeavors in how his speech is shaped. The repetition of this statement is a strategy used to get a point across clear, and easily understood. King introduces each argument in a way, such that many people comprehend without difficulty, a structure that is comforting even though it is trailed by a harsh reality. The words, “I Have a Dream,”(542). produce a reassuring impression for the dissatisfaction he feels toward the sufferance him and his fellow negros have endured. Instead of opening each argument exhibiting antagonism and frustration, King transforms the function of each statement by simply adding layer after layer of tranquil words that change the way the statement might have been indignantly taken. Rather than lead his audience into bitter understanding and resentment, King earnestly instills hope with his argument in a persuasive manner with words that many relate to, gentle, optimistic words that one would commonly give interest to when perceived. Kings statement, “I Have a Dream,”(542). Not only made progressively clear, a recurring vision of hope, but a reason for all negros to stand up for what they believe
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