Lincoln Memorial Symbol

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Freedom (S) Human beings have fought for freedom for ages. Although God says he creates humans equal, not all people are born equal. Since the beginning of the country, Americans have to fight against the British Empire to gain their independence. However, the Americans, who struggle for their freedom, also steal others’ freedom by enslaving the Africans. But not all of the Americans support slavery. (CX) The Emancipation Proclamation, which is issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, proclaims the freedom of slaves in ten states of America. This decree is a light of hope to millions of African slaves. Among the African Americans, Martin Luther King is well-known for his nonviolent protest to seek for justice. In “I Have a Dream,” King…show more content…
According to the Hirschbergs, a symbol is “something concrete, such as an object, person, place, or event that stands for or represents something abstract, such as an idea, quality, concept, or condition” (816). The Lincoln Memorial is a symbol because it is an object, which stands for the commemoration of the life of Abraham Lincoln. The date 1963 is a symbol because it is an event that represents the year 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation is signed. The Lincoln Memorial is important to King’s essay because it is a symbol for principles of freedom. King dreams of a day when “little Black boys and Black girls [are] able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers” (535). (CX) It is an equal nation where citizens are not judged by the color of their skin, their religion or origin. (CP) The Lincoln Memorial refers to a new birth of freedom, and it brings true justice to all citizens. The date 1693 is also important for King’s speech because it is a symbol for the Emancipation Proclamation. It “[comes] as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slave who [are] seared in the flames of withering injustice” (King 533). In addition to symbols, King also uses metaphors to develop his
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