Did Martin Luther King's Ethos In I Have A Dream Speech

Good Essays
On 28 August 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King stood at the Lincoln Memorial with over 250,000 people gathered to hear him give his speech. His speech was “I Have a Dream.” He spoke about the problems with racism in the US. He wanted civil and economic rights restored. The first line of his speech was “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (Martin). Dr. King was there to talk about freedom. This is a very common speech today. A lot of African Americans were all for their freedom and joined the rally to have our world stop segregation. Dr. King speech was very powerful and he hoped to change the minds and hearts of many American people. His words had a lot of impact on American’s after his speech. He used Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in his speech to get his point across. Dr. King used Lincoln in his speech “Five score years ago, a…show more content…
King used pathos in his speech greatly. His speech was very emotional that spoke out for all people of the US. Dr. King used a very known scripture in the bible, “And the glory of the Lord Shall be Revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” (Isaiah 40:5) He referred on the scripture so American’s can come together as one society instead of being divided. In my opinion, he kept his audience attention during his speech talking about the word every American wanted which was freedom for all. American’s fought many wars in his eyes and we deserved to live the American dream. A famous quote of his speech that I remember from high school is “I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character.” (King) When I read this statement I could relate due to having a child also. We want the best for our kids and that is what he wanted s a father. The line was an emotional line due to most of the American people having children
Get Access