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

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Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech has a powerful purpose embedded within it. His speech caused a national uproar in every community. Therefore, the uproar caused the outcome of his speech brought many of the members of the African American and American communities to unify. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech caused such an uproar was due to his skilful use of poetic devices which strengthened his speech greatly. Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech reveals the theme of creating peace through unification due to the usage of the poetic devices, imagery, metaphors, and symbolism. First, Martin Luther King Junior effectively utilizes the poetic device of imagery to reveal the theme of creating peace through unification. He uses imagery to create a picture a picture of a “. . . sweltering summer . . .” and an “. . . invigorating autumn . . . ” in the mind of his audience. Dr. King announces to his audience, “This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until freedom and equality - 1963 is not an end but a beginning.” Henceforth, he mentions to the audience that the Negroes will continue to protest through the “. . . sweltering summer . . .” until they receive their freedom and equality in the “. . . invigorating autumn . . .” To clarify, peace is created by unifying the races together which will cause unification for future generation. Martin Luther King Junior’s utilize imagery to create another picture of the sons of

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