Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream Speech

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“I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in the American history. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech “I Have a Dream” to America on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial where thousands of people gathered to fight against racism. (American Rhetoric). King talks how people should fight for freedom. He speaks to America to end racial segregation and discrimination against African – American and that everyone should be viewed equally. King uses all three appeals, pathos, ethos and logos to convey the message. Martin Luther King’s Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech is a persuasive speech, which asserts pathos effectively to persuade black people to stand up for equality, justice, and the rights they deserve by using emotions. Martin Luther King …show more content…
“In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check”(King). King uses metaphor capital for Washington, DC, the place where he is giving speech and the check to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The money behind the check are the rights of the black people. King also uses the phrase “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The use of historical context creates emotion among audience as it holds significant importance back then and now. King also mentions the name of the southern states like Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana. He includes every part of the country, where he hopes there to be freedom. He starts off in the north and western states, where segregation wasn’t as much of an issue. But he also mentions the state, which are the center of segregation and racism. King mentions Mississippi on four separate occasions, as it was the most segregated state in the United States. King also mentions phrases “slums and ghettos of our northern cities” to evoke emotions, so all people will fight against

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