Martin Luther King Essay Rhetorical Devices

836 Words Mar 5th, 2013 4 Pages
Kevin Valenciano

Ms. Olivas

English 101 M & W

19 Feb, 2013

The Speech That Changed America

“I have a dream,” perhaps some of the most widely known words that will always be remembered in our nation’s history. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only had a way with his powerful words, but also with the way that he carried himself in a professional and highly educated manner. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used several rhetorical devices in his, “I have a dream speech,” but none more powerful than the point he was trying to convey to the African American community and to the nation that was listening. He would not stop until African Americans had justice, real freedom, and rights. His “I have a dream speech” took place at the
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Tone perhaps is one of the most important rhetorical devices and methods that a person can use in order to deliver a powerful speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uses this device in his speech. While Dr. King was saying, “I have a dream,” you can clearly detect that his speech he has a positive and strong tone, this is visible through video reproductions of his speech or even when read from text. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of intensity, strong willpower, and passion as he was a man who fought for human rights and a better tomorrow. On August 28, 1963 at The Lincoln Memorial park Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed his vision on how he sees little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
There is a saying that history has a way of repeating itself; Martin Luther King Jr. said, “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free”. His use of parallelism in this section of his speech is done excellent because the use of his sentence structures which are equal and repetitive. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed his vision by attempting to instill a sense of hope to the African American community that would never fade from their hearts and their minds. His speech wasn’t something to take lightly as he intended to do everything he said in his speech. Providing

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