Comparing Martin Luther King's Techniques in his Speeches and My Own

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Comparing Martin Luther King's Techniques in his Speeches and My Own

As with any speech, it is popular opinion that the opening sentences define the standard of what is to come; I feel that Martin Luther King and I take different approaches to this, both of which are very successful. In both of King's speeches, the opening lines are emboldened through clever emphasis of passionate, repetitive imperatives: the repetition being found in the imperative itself in King's "I have a dream" speech: "Go back… go back… go back…", whilst in his "… Promised land speech", the repetition being in the subject of each clause, before each varying imperative: "Let us rise… Let us stand… And let us
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I on the other hand, more often than not use imagery to exaggerate the bleakness and hostility of some situations, such as my powerful metaphor: "the walls of Capitalism", and predominant, drawn-out personification: "glows the fake plastic smile of fashion". Imagery is also utilised by King to describe place, something that could otherwise take away from the passion and movement of the speech, such as the audacious examples "the red hills of Georgia" and "every hill and every molehill of Mississippi." along with others from his "I have a dream" speech, all of which have the potential to be said hurriedly at the climax of King's excitement.( I on the other hand like to use decrepit, vulgar imagery to emphasise my passionate hate for commercialism and the Capitalist regime, such as the striking examples: "the commercialism-ridden prison that is the town of Chelmsford" and "a sea of fads and motifs", with the purpose of being read slowly whilst emotions are being pent up, until a point when these can all be let out in fury: whilst Luther King uses imagery as the culmination of his emotional oration, I use it as just the beginning.)

King and I both use factorial evidence to back up our speeches, yet again in very different ways. King successfully combines the repetition of the rousing theme of his near-death encounter when he was stabbed with facts from American history

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