The Speech : I Have A Dream Essay

776 Words Aug 11th, 2014 4 Pages
What makes a good speech? What makes a good oratory? What makes someone listen through a speech? All throughout history people have been writing and delivering speeches in places, such as, Greece, Africa, and Australia. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech, which had a lasting impression on people for centuries to come. The passionate speech ”I have a Dream” is filled with rhetorical devices, such as, anaphora, metaphors, and contrasting pairs; that helped ground King’s demand of racial equality and social injustice.
Anaphora is the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses or paragraphs. He used anaphora’s, all throughout his speech from beginning to end. Examples of these uses are let freedom ring, with this faith, I have a dream, go back to, we can never, we must, now is the time, and one hundred years later. He uses anaphora to emphasize the urgency of each situation. He repeats, “Now is the time” followed by his strategy for helping America. This repetition makes his audience realize how important it is to Dr. King for people to act immediately. The strongest way Martin Luther King Jr. uses anaphora is by repeating the title of the speech: “I have a dream.” Through this repetition he is able to depict what he envisions as a racially equal America.
Metaphor is a literary device that makes a direct comparison between two unlike things. It can suggest that one thing is equal to another or that one thing…

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