Examples Of Ethos In I Have A Dream Speech

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On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a famous speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and freedom, this speech was called “I have a dream.” This speech was focused on ending racism and equal rights for African Americans during the civil rights movement. He displays a great amount of pathos, logos, and ethos in his speech. Martin Luther King Jr. displays pathos by targeting the audience’s emotion by talking about his American dream that could also be other peoples too. He shows logos by giving a sense of hope to the people that better things will come in time. Lastly he shows ethos by using authority in his speech by using quotes from two very famous documents. Pathos is the persuasion through emotion, it is the psychological response, but mainly it is the audience. In Martin Luther King’s speech, he uses and…show more content…
In the speech MLK states “One hundred years later the negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the negro is still crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” In his speech he repeats the saying “One hundred years later” he is doing this to show that African Americans that they have not been equal to whites for 100 years. These few words are MLKS way of telling the audience that even after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years ago that there is still segregation. After all the accomplishments for African Americans they are still being treated differently than whites. After these 100 years nothing has changed and this is why MLK is delivering this speech. In MLKs speech he uses logos to show the audience that they have not been treated fairly compared to whites. African Americans have not been given the same opportunities as whites. His use of logos makes the audience feel a closeness to him because of what he is saying in his speech and this finally leads to the rights they have
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