The speech is compelling because it possesses the necessary elements of effective and persuasive rhetoric; in summation, Obama’s rhetoric works. This means that he is studying and explaining the two biggest arguments: misunderstanding, and miscommunication. The opposing arguments that I have pointed out come into play when Obama acknowledges that the press routinely looks “for the latest evidence of racial polarization, not just in terms of white and black, but black and brown as well”. He pin-points and example that almost everyone can relate to, because they see it all around them. The audience, being fully aware of the division between the races, comprehend that the speech is very effective due to the fact that Barack Obama is willing to speak of what is often unspoken.
How is Martin Luther King’s ‘voice’ created by the language techniques of his speech? Martin Luther King delivers the message of his speech and expresses his feelings about topics affecting the people of America through many language techniques such as metaphors and similes. This essay will describe the few language techniques King uses and will explain how he uses these various language techniques in order to reach the hearts of the American people. To begin, we see that King quite frequently uses metaphors to emphasise what has been affecting the Negro’s and what the Negro’s are striving to achieve. “…chains of discrimination…” “…great vaults of opportunity…” “…quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” The use of metaphors help to emphasise the message that King is trying to push for and helps keep listeners interested and holds their attention.
Throughout King's letter he often compares himself to biblical characters to increase theemotional appeal of respect for his ideas on truth and justice. "Just as the eighth century prophets left their little villages and carried their thus saith the Lord' far beyond the boundaries of their home towns; and just as the Apostle Paul left his little village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city of the Greeco-Roman world, I too am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my particular home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid." By comparing his errand to the errands of the Lord's apostles, the audience feels the grandeur of injustice because of his effort to bring the world to the truth, just as Jesus and His apostles. King also states the question of their condemnation because they are the minority.
Out of theses, he was extremely effective in the use of “pathos” –the use of feelings to appeal to the audience. King’s usage of Biblical examples and parables not only was a persuasive element but also help him create the emotion behind his writing; this aided in appealing the different audiences other than the clergyman. Martin Luther King built a strong “ethos” element because who would be affected of the segregation of the time period than an African American. Not only was he an advocate in the Civil Rights Movement, his family, friends, his neighbors, and himself were directly affect by the torment and mistreatment of the white
Andrew Bacon Eng 101 Essay#3 10/23/12 Ethos, Pathos, Logos Martin Luther King, President Obama, and Charlie Chaplain all evoke strong persuasive techniques to tell a story but more importantly to shed light on intolerance and injustices all around us. Through their artistic use of the rhetorical triangle they give compelling and emotional testimony, not only through what they have witnessed but what they experienced. Ethos, pathos and logos are ancient techniques used in persuading anyone from your best friend to an entire society to perhaps think differently. Dr. King ‘s speech simultaneously uses all three persuasive techniques in his first sentence. He stated he was happy to join with his audience evoking pathos.
Letter from Birmingham jell, was to put it in literary terms, thesis statement of his life. In this paper, he meticulously illustrate his reasoning, using all complaints of logic, emotion, and ethics. A logical appeal is an appeal that uses the reason facts and documentary evidence to make a point This Letter, designed as a response to the clergymen that opposed the way in which Dr King was protesting, Dr King’s letter actually addresses two audiences simultaneously; the limited and defined group of clergymen and a broader and less exactly defined group of intelligent and religious white moderates. Dr King's letter brings out the black history of violence, harsh treatment and prejudice that started long ago. Also mentioning that Birmingham is one of the worst cities to be so ugly and brutal to the colored people all through its history.
Rhetoric and Style in “I Have a Dream” I love using repetition and emotional imagery when I write. From my experience, they're some of the most powerful/effective stylistic devices I know of. In fact, they are so effective, that even Dr. Martin Luther King, one of the greatest rhetoricians of all time uses them. During his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, he frequently and effectively applies these devices, especially when he discusses his themes of unity / collaboration and immediate action. Without a doubt, repetition and emotional imagery (such as personification) are definitely quite powerful devices.. especially because they help Dr. King illustrate his themes of unity / collaboration and immediate action against desegregation, in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Henry and Bush’s Persuasive Speeches Although Henry Patrick and George Bush Sr. lived in different time periods, they both knew how to give convincing speeches for the issues that they were arguing about. George Bush Sr. was convincing the nation to support his decision to invade Iraq, while Patrick Henry was trying to rally the patriots to revolt against the British and their unfair taxes, and policies. However they both used ethos and pathos in their speeches. When Patrick Henry says, “It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country”, he is showing that he is a Christian and that what the patriots are fighting for is not only for the country, but also for god, which is making him relatable because he is a man of religion, but also evoking emotion by saying that the people will be fighting for god. George did the same thing when he said, “This conflict started August 2nd when the dictator of Iraq invaded a small and helpless neighbor.” By referring to Kuwait as “small” and “helpless” he is using pathos and evoking the emotions of both feeling bad for Kuwait and hating the big bully in Iraq.
As a gifted public speaker, he used his speeches to sell people his controversial political agenda. He fought hard to make his message heard. Sam was a man for the people, and he used this to his advantage. He always made his intentions clear to his followers. At the Continental congress he forcefully voiced his political opinions in a room full of moderates (Thomas Kindig, 1995).
Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches and demonstrations would provoke a change in the minds and hearts of the American people. He stood up and inspired a nation into action with his words. With his speech he masterfully uses Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in his rhetoric to provide proof to all Americans that racism and segregation is not the intended foundation of America. With this I will describe the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos appeals that are hidden within Dr. King’s speech. First of all, as he delivered his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial he analogizes Lincoln in his speech, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the emancipation proclamation.” (King) Where the Ethos are found, his use of Lincoln brought authority to his speech.