King also used pathos by convincing his audience that there was going to be an end to the struggle and troubled time as he mentioned “Now is the time.” The use of pathos in Dr. King’s speech helped in influencing his audience by appealing to their emotions, fears, and desires. Many times throughout the speech, King used and repeated the phrase “I Have a Dream”. The repetition of this phrase gave his audience a sense of hope and optimism. King also constantly showed sympathy to Negros who have experienced racial inequality. For example, he says “Negro finds himself in exile in his own land.” Not only did this phrase show his empathy on Negros and their unfair treatment, but it also appealed to his audience’s emotions and lead them too, black or white, to have compassion as well.
Uses of rhetorical devices in “I Have a Dream” Speech Have you ever wondered what Martin Luther King Jr. would say if he saw us now? He would say, “Good Job.” Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was given out on August 28, 1963, and was also meant for diverse men of race, religion and ethnic group to be the audience. Dr. King used metaphors, allusions, and repetition in his speech to try to better convey with the audience to try to make a difference. Dr. KIng use of metaphors was to convey to the audience understand more in depth about the situation with the blacks at the time. One example of Dr. King’s use of metaphor is when he says, “Manacles of segregation and chains of discrimination.” Dr. King uses this metaphor to describe to the audience that even after the emancipation proclamation which meant for all slave to be free and treated equal is not being treated equal and it is the same as being a slave with weights on him.
Martin Luther King’s speech successfully conveyed civil rights issues, and included many rhetorical strategies. For example, he used pathos to inspire people (African American) to recover and overcome such difficulties that they were facing. He also smartly talked to a broad audience that could feel his pain and relate to his struggle. He established his credibility by being knowledgeable, but not only that but relaying to the crowd how he had endured this struggle. Through Martin Luther
In his famous speech, “I Have a Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his intentions directly with his audience. He also shared his intentions by using the rhetorical strategies Repetition and Rhetorical which affected the structure and time of his speech. Dr. King’s intentions for giving the “I Have a Dream” speech were for discrimination and equality. Dr. King’s first intention was discrimination, this was one of his key point in his speech. “One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and chains of discrimination.”(I Have a Dream,Pg 43) This quote proves his intention because african americans were being held down by their skin color and Dr. King wanted to change that they
His words of power and rhetoric had made Dr. King create the emotion of empowerment for his huge audience. The one technique that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uses is repetition. Repetition means one word or sentence is used over and over and over. This means, when something is repeated or even the action of repeating
Martin Luther King masterfully incorporates various metaphors into his speech. He refers and compares many things to the struggle of the African Americans such as bank vaults, idealogies and even God. These are all used to make the speech both memorable and relatable to any person, rather than just appeal to African Americans. Martin Luther King expresses his point of civil rights based social and ethical problems that could be solved by giving African Americans the same rights and opportunities of whites, expressing this in my writing by using various rhetorical devices, one of the most prominent being metaphor. The overall effect of the metaphors, the points they make, and the audience it is made for all serve a purpose in making Martin Luther King’s speech memorable.
When using logic and emotion people, will hear him out and understand he means what he says and that he has examples to back up what he includes in his speech. In addition to logic and emotion, he has imagery and repetition in his speech. Martin Luther King Jr. showed logic and emotion in his speech by including imagery. The second paragraph of his speech includes four examples of how African Americans had to live in America. Martin Luther King Jr. says, “we must face the tragic that the Negro is still not free” (629).
Martin Luther King Junior’s last speech I’ve Been to the Mountaintop hadn’t only given hope to people who were treated badly because of their skin color, but also, led to people becoming more accepting of African Americans as well as empowering others listening to the speech not to quit the fight of social injustice. Martin Luther King Junior’s last speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” gave hope to countless African Americans in many ways. In the beginning, “MLK” starts by talking about “Something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in the world.”(paragraph 2). This makes people believe that there is becoming a result of their efforts for equal treatment for all people. Martin Luther is making it seem that through all these people have been through, there is a light in the near horizon.
In addition to building a strong cadence, it unifies a sequence of ideas, emphasizes an idea by stating it more than once, and helps create a strong emotional effect” (p. 231). In this case, King’s repeated use of “I have a dream” resulted in all of the above, especially the strong emotional effect. Martin Luther King used the repetition of “I have a dream” several times in his speech, including these times: I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of
A writer can do this by changing one word to another word to change the meaning. For example, in paragraph 2, he uses the word Negro instead of using the term African American. In the speech he says “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro Slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.” When he used the term Negro in the beginning of his speech he brought to light that African Americans were labeled as Negro Salves. The appeal being used was Logos because he is stating the facts about African Americans and how they are labeled as Negro