Literary Devices In I Have A Dream By Dr. Martin Luther King

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“I Have A Dream” is a speech written by Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Movement. King wrote about the many things that the white people aren’t owning up to and one of which includes the freedom for black people. His intention of writing his speech is to help the white people realize that the blacks are in a desperate need of their freedom and that they will not wait another day until they get what they deserve. In order to make his speech understandable to the whites and others, King uses various literary devices. Few of the many literary devices that king used in his speech includes metaphors, connotation, and repetition. These are the top 3 literary devices that I will be discussing and how king used the devices to make his …show more content…
Approaching this quote "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood," the word "brotherhood" is used in the sentence as a connotation. When people think of brotherhood, many have the meaning in their mind as being in a family and lending each other hands or just simply being brothers. But in figurative language, the word "brotherhood" has a deeper meaning to it. "brotherhood" doesn 't only mean being brothers in a family, but having the quality of brotherly; fellowship. Some quality of brothers includes the feeling of friendship, support, and understanding. Moreover, brotherhood can also mean being able to stick together through thick and thin and never let each other go even in hard situations. Also, brothers hold each other up and have each others back. What this quote mean is that one day king hopes that the black and white communities can come together as one, agree on the same thing, and to never let each other go. A connotation is used to add in more definition to a word. King choose to put in connotation such as the word "brotherhood" to show a distant meaning from a word. Also, he chooses to use connotation to let readers pick out the quality and aspect of the word rather than the word itself. For the most part, literary devices such as connotation can be really effective in a …show more content…
In the quote "Go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our Northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed," the phrase "go back" is being repeated many times. The meaning behind "go back" is used as an importance of spreading the message and letting everyone know about the desire for freedom. The whites have treated the blacks badly ever since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The way that the black community responded to this is by saying that nothing will change if the black physically fight back. So, king uses the words "go back" to tell the blacks that no matter what the whites have done to them, they should keep moving on and continue to spread the message that one-day freedom will be a part of the black community and use their experience of the suffering to help others. In king 's view, violence is not an option, but helping others and demanding freedom is his mindset. Using repetition allowed king to show how it 's important to remember what his point is saying by helping others and spreading the message that freedom is

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