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

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Mandela once said, “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” In Martin Luther King’s speech, “I have a dream” (1965) King asserts that the injustice, inequality and oppression that African Americans endure must surcease. King supports his claims by carefully structuring his speech to appeal to the different types of audience, supporting his ideals with the three rhetorical modes ethos, pathos and logos which is reinforced with different rhetorical tropes and schemes. Given to the technical and rhetorical language used in this speech, King is presenting to the whole nation, whom also concur that change must occur immediately.
King’s goal was to make his audience no longer loathe Negroes, and instead repulse against racism and hoped for a new and improved society. Pathos is significantly exposed to make the audience sympathize the shameful conditions of the American Negro. King constantly describes the Negroes as being “crippled by the manacles of segregation and chains of discrimination.” (King, Martin L., Jr. "I Have a Dream." Speech. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D. C. 28 Aug. 1963. American Rhetoric. Web. 25 Mar.2013). Through this, King makes the audience feel that the Negroes are in great calamity. He compares the condition of the Negroes as to being stranded on a “lonely island of poverty” while everyone else circulating around them is in an “ocean of material prosperity.” (King, Martin L., Jr. "I Have a Dream." Speech. Lincoln…

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