Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King 's ' I Have A Dream '

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Everyone knows about, or has heard of, Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but what was it that made it so powerful and motivating? The secret is King’s use of the five rhetorical appeals, or the five methods used to convince someone of something. The appeals are Kairos, Telos, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. King used all five to supplement his argument, but it is his exemplary use pathos, or emotional appeal, that sealed the deal and put “I Have a Dream” in the history books.
King began his speech with a solemn reminder of the emancipation proclamation, and the great good it did for the people of America. It freed American people from slavery, what it did not do, however, is free the people from oppression. The constitution and the declaration of independence were written with promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all U.S. citizens, but, he lamented, somewhere along the way the African American people had been excluded from this. He declared that this is something they will fight to fix, and urged the audience to press forward for equality with more fervor than ever. In the battle for their rights, he encouraged people to be fierce in their beliefs, but never fierce to the point of violence. Next, King acknowledged that many people in the audience suffered and faced difficult trials in the fight for equality, but demands that they don’t lose their will. They are fighting for a worthy cause, and will not give up until every person in…

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