A Comparison of I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King and Victory Speech by Barack Obama

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"I Have A Dream" and "Victory Speech" are two amazingly powerful speeches delivered by two big leaders of the American nation: Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. Both of these speeches are united in the hopes of creating a better country and achieving the American dream. The two discourses are an introduction to a change or to an improvement. Although these speeches are fairly similar, their purposes and audience are different. To begin with, King's speech makes reference to the American dream as the extended metaphor of a "cheque with insufficient funds", which refers to the "promise of (...) Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" the government has made but not kept to every United States citizen. It is important to mention …show more content…
King also includes phrases, diction and ideas that the target audience wants to hear, such as when he mentions that "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."This obviously gives the audience peace of mind since something is already being done about the problem of racism, therefore it might just be that their children, grandchildren, and so on will not have to suffer what black people did in the past. Another of King's purpose is to make people reflect about hope and equality amongst human beings and to be aware of how horrible and "vicious" racism is. Thus, the audience of King's speech is the members of the anti-segregation movement, racist americans, and people of different races in the United States. Moreover, in contrast with King's speech, the purpose of Obama's discourse is to "thank everyone for all for all the support", including all the people who voted for him and came to see him give out his discourse. Another aim of Obama's speech is to reassure the people of America that their country is in good hands by saying that he promises that "we as a people will get there. (...)Yes we can!" This quote makes one really believe Obama is going to achieve his aims. The optimistic words he uses really creates a sense that he has everything under control. One last aim of Obama's in the discourse is to

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