Mlk Analysis Dream Speech Essay example

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Martin Luther King's speech "I Have a Dream" delivered on August 28, 1963 is said to be the greatest demonstration of America's history. Dr. King intended to appeal to both black and white audiences through his inspirational speech. Written in a persuasive, stylistic manner, he used strong diction to call for a change in the nation, doing so without violence. He successfully combined the use of repetition, word choice and figurative language in his speech to connect to his audience and set the emotional tone of the harsh segregations facing African-Americans of the time. Throughout his speech, King uses repetition to leave a powerful, lasting impact on his audience. The use of repetition gives his speech a rhythmic quality and sets a …show more content…
King uses similes to compare two unlike ideas and creatively connects his listeners to his ideas. For example, King uses a quote from the Bible, "No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Because King was a Baptist minister, he used quotes from the Bible to connect to his audience. This was King's way of conquering the unstoppable injustice of racism in America. He used the terms, "mighty stream" to depict forcefulness. Another simile he uses is when he says' "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." Here he incorporated imagery of the joining hands of the children to conceive that everyone is equal no matter the color of their skin. The formal use of language and diction King uses in his speech made a powerful, effective impact on his audience. The choice of words he used helped make it clear to listeners of his religious background, of being a Baptist minister. He used "faith" at least four times in his speech, using faith as a direct connection to his dream. Faith is a strong word meaning hope which usually appeals to peoples religious values. He uses the religious word "creed" to paint a picture of America rising up and living up to the way it should be, that all men are equal, for it is considered, "land of the free." In his speech, he states "Now is the time to open the

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