"I Have a Dream" Rhetorical Analysis

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“I Have a Dream” Analysis Aaron Darling DeVry University “I Have a Dream” Analysis Martin Luther King was one of the most influential people of all time. He was the leader of the African American civil rights movement. “I Have a Dream”, which was one of the greatest speeches of all time and especially during the civil rights movement, was spoken by King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was not an accident that the speech was played out there. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Declaration one hundred years before. The declaration was supposed to bring equality to the American Society and bring whites and blacks together as one, but that promise was never a reality among our society during that time. King’s speech was to convey the wrongful discrimination of the black race and that all races should be treated as equals. The tone and the way he used rhetoric appeals in this speech was to capture the attention of his audience and let them feel the sadness that he feels because of this racism, and indeed it did. There are three appeals of persuasion, ethos, logos, and pathos. King incorporated these appeals into his speech with great precision. Without the use of these appeals, King’s speech would not have been as powerful. King used ethos in his speech. Ethos is the credibility and reputation of the speaker. He was a well-educated and well known activist in the Civil Rights Movement. This made him very confident in what he was saying throughout the speech. He had much experience in what he was relaying to his audience because he also experienced the inequality and segregation that his fellow African Americans had faced throughout time. He stated the facts about the way African Americans were treated with visual examples, such as coming from tiny jail cells, not being able to gain lodging to motels off the highways, and from areas where their quest for

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