Rhetorical Analysis Of Dr. King's I Have A Dream

855 Words 4 Pages
Ernest Ford
Oct 31, 2014
Eng 1011
Rhetorical Analysis

In the times of 20th century, racism was a huge epidemic of the United States kind. The racism against the African-American race had reached points that was hard for any black person to survive. This time was not to long after the period of slavery, so African-Americans were supposed to be free. With the government being preferably segregated, the law was unjust for blacks. The black community as a whole had to gather together to change the laws, and rewrite the system to give all African-Americans a chance to live in peace. The laws that were brought to the government for justice and peace for the black community were civil rights. These rights
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Even with other activist, such as Malcom X, fight physically and using force to make their statement; Dr. King Jr. use verbal tactics to initiate the country interest on civil rights. With the efforts of Dr. King Jr to make his statement, he gave the most influential speeches of all time. The impact of the speech it managed to illustrate the racist problems of the time and provoke the audience into feeling sympathy while providing hope to the depressed African-American community. Sadly, the speech also made the movement and King very popular, making his opponents treat him as a threat, causing him to be assassinated 5 years later. The reason for “I Have a Dream” massive impact is due to the tense social mood of the time and that it reflects the conditions of the time, giving black activists a vision for the future. It struck directly into the hearts of blacks across America, which made the white community really think about what they had done to African Americans. Dr. King informed the country and made the country understand what the black community was going through. When analyzing the speech, you can notice that King carefully structures his speech to appeal to the different types of audience, supporting it with the three rhetorical modes of ethos, …show more content…
King’s speech, he uses pathos to channel human emotions, by making his audience no longer hate African Americans and instead giving the Black community equality. Dr. King tries his best in the speech to make the audience sympathize with the Blacks. For example, when he goes on to talk reputation of 100 years. The reputation gives emphasizes on the logos method that it explains. When Dr. King Jr. talks about the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years earlier, he goes into the more logical rhetorical methods. Dr. King Jr. says in the beginning that “five score years ago,” Lincoln signed the “Emancipation Proclamation”, which made all Blacks at that time free from slavery (Martin Luther King Jr. I Have An Dream).Dr. King Jr. uses this piece of evidence to show that even Lincoln, the president and one of the heads of the government at the time, supported the freeing of blacks, creating an ethos appeal through the logos of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Even though there is also a logos appeal as well the audiences has to think about it, the Emancipation Proclamation, the declaration of the freeing of all blacks, it had been written a hundred years ago. But as the times goes older, the supposable farther success and equality of the black community never was given. So then instead of the United States being willing to accept the black community as equality they looked toward racial buriers. Dr. King Jr. use the logos appeal a little bit

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