Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream By Martin Luther King

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Analysis of I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jnr. The choice of Martin Luther King is rationalized by one thing; his personal character, which encapsulates everything he stands for. There is no disputing that King’s character speaks strongly of action-based leadership; in essence, practicing what you preach. However, King’s practice of what he preaches does not convey a man swayed into violence simply because he has been oppressed. Rather, it speaks sturdily of a man who believes in answering injustice in a non-violent manner. This is greatly shown in the statement “we must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence” that directly speaks of a leader who believes in dialogue. The inspiration behind the choice …show more content…
Considering the types and levels of oppression blacks have to contend with at the time, the speech seems to greatly implore African Americans to refrain from answering violence with violence. From King’s perspective, violence can only be achieved if African Americans, in their creative protest, elect to drink from the cup of bitterness and hatred. Instead, King urges African Americans to be steadfast and conduct themselves with dignity and discipline in expressing their thirst for freedom, justice and equality. In a broad manner, this serves to edify the notion of physical tolerance between whites and blacks, as their destiny is tied …show more content…
Socially, King aims to display a shameful reality about the American social fabric in a manner that forces the government to realize the importance and need to resolve the racial discrimination innate in America. From King’s perspective, the dream constitutes a yearning for every American to be judged not by his or her color, but by their character; essentially their very morals. Politically, King’s speech seeks to call into action the principles of the US constitution that direct and provide for the protection of every American regardless of their color. The speech greatly elaborates on how every American is heir to the promise of life, liberty and prosperity; and that America should make true on this promise of inclusive

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