Martin Luther King 's Speech Essay

1376 Words Oct 24th, 2015 6 Pages
Martin Luther King was a famous Civil Right Activist in the United States history. His most powerful speech, “I have a dream” touched the heart of thousands of citizens. Dr. King gave his talk on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was 2 months after President John F. Kennedy promulgated the Civil Right Legislation. With the hope to eradicate racism in America without angering several whites, King called for calm mass support in his speech. To make it such an effective speech, King successfully utilized various rhetorical devices. The most used devices in his speech are anaphora, metaphor and alliteration.
In the first few paragraphs of his speech, King addressed the Emancipation Proclamation published 100 years before: "One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free".. “I have a dream” genuinely exposes mistreatments and injustices practiced toward blacks in the contemporary society, and provokes peaceful actions to fight for the race’s civil rights. In his speech, Martin Luther King employs anaphora various times. From the beginning, to emphasize the prolonged period of time that has passed since President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, “one hundred years later” were repeated four times : “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later , the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One…

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