Essay on Acceptance Speech - Martin Luther King

617 Words Aug 19th, 2009 3 Pages
Acceptance Speech Martin Luther King was an African American activist and leader who dedicated his life to fighting for equal rights for coloured people in America. Grown up in a Baptist family, Christianity held a huge fascination for Martin Luther King, which is often reflected in his speeches. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements in the struggle for equality and independence for coloured people. When receiving the award, Martin Luther King expresses his appreciation by a speech in Oslo. This speech is slightly different to his other speeches such as “I have a dream” or “Eulogy” as he uses less metaphors and alliterations and not only focuses on racial discrimination in the United States of America. He uses …show more content…
By metaphor “starless midnight of racism” Martin Luther King wants to indicate was considerate to something unsolvable or unchangeable. By the words “bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood”, he which is also a metaphor, he emphasizes thatpeace and brotherhood will finally be achieved. However, these metaphor are very effective as they make the abstract or unknown concrete but it also enlivens the reader’s imagination. This sentence can also closely be classified as a balanced sentence, as Martin Luther King tells us what to do and what not to do. However, this helps to persuade the audience so stand up for their rights. Throughout the speech many anaphoras occur such as “I refuse to accept” or “I believe that”. This rhetorical device emphasizes Martin Luther King’s aim for equal rights all over the world. Later on it says: “I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘is-ness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘ought-ness’ that forever confronts him.” Martin Luther King had a vision for how things ought to be. He shows us to refuse to accept things for how they are, and instead strive to find the solution for how they ought to be. Martin Luther King will always remain one of the most influential and greatest freedom fighters in the world. Though his commitment and persuasion, he achieved a lot for

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