Rhetorical Arguement In Martin Luther King's Speech

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Jayla carson English 131 prof. Mclaughin September 18, 2013 King's rhetorical arguement In Martin Luther King's, "I Have A Dream" speech, he uses rhetorical devices to spread his message of equality. Through Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, King presents a well rounded arguement. These rhetorical appeals create a connection between King and his audience. King's connection to the audience comes from his use to pathos. When King says "we cannot walk alone. And as we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back."(King), he is building up a relationship with the audience. Using the term "we" appeals to their emotion because connects himself and the audience as One. This makes the audience see King as one of them. He shows them that they are all equal as one, they are all on the same level. This method is effective because the audience is united. A stronger connection is also made when King says "I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of the great trails and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells"(King). He is addressing what his listeners are going through. This creates a bond by showing the audience that he really cares. He wants the listener to know that he is aware of their stuggle.King is now a relatable source…show more content…
When he refers to the Constituition and Declaration of Independence and says "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.", his crediablty shows. This is when King's arguement of equality is evident.(King). He goes on to defend his arguement when he states "It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.", claiming that equality is not being met. King is now crediable because he uses reliable sources and has good thorough
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