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

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Although there are many speeches that have contributed to the progress of civil rights in American history, no other speech comes to mind more than Martin Luther King’s notorious “I Have a Dream” speech. It paved the way for the equality of all mankind in America, thus, becoming an imperative check mark in the history of our nation. It’s effectiveness, however, isn’t accomplished just by the remarkable delivery of Dr. King. His “I Have a Dream” speech successfully implements many rhetorical devices to establish a powerful speech that readers and listeners can easily connect to. Besides its heartfelt and promising content, Dr. King’s use of vivid metaphors, influential repetition of words and phrases, and placement of strong verbs construct a speech that still manages to be moving to this day. Another important speech that proves to be as equally compelling is John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address. Kennedy’s speech also applies efficient use of rhetorical devices such as metaphors, repetition, and strong verbs. Despite these similarities, only one out of the two speeches mentioned above proves to be more persuasive: Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
“I Have a Dream” uses well written metaphors to accurately depict his vision of a better world. The metaphors paint clear images which allow people to better understand Dr. King’s message. A powerful line in his speech makes his point clear and comprehensible: “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley…

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