The Irony In Words

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The Irony In Words In President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” he states, “The world will little note nor long remember, what we say here but it can never forget what they [the brave soldiers] did here”(Lincoln, 378). The irony in this, is that those words happen to be some of the most famous to date. This quote is clear in what he wants to say but in basic terms Lincoln is saying that his words will not last forever, but that the actions of the soldiers will prevail. In Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, he speaks the opposite. Dr. King starts off by stating that his speech “will go down as one of the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (King, 383). This contrasts with Lincoln’s Address because Dr.King was very aware of the influence his speech would have on the country. John F Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” also relates to the irony of President Lincoln’s Address by stating that “We dare not forget that today we are heirs of that first revolution”(Kennedy, 380). Kennedy was saying that we can not forget our past and where we got our ideals of equality and freedom.Lincoln’s Address also sheds light on the value of the events, the fight at hand and the need for unity, which Dr.King and President Kennedy both speak about. When John F. Kennedy was giving his Inaugural Address he was talking about a celebration of freedom while Dr.King was giving an inspirational speech of hope for that justice. Kennedy believed that since we had this freedom what do we do with it? First and foremost we must take care of our nation. This ideal sprouted the following famous quote “ask not what your country can do for you-- ask what you can do for your country”(Kennedy, 382). In particular, America had a duty to take care of those suffering in poverty. With every hurdle comes multiple ways of overcoming it. Both President Kennedy and
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