When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (King pg 262). This elevates the audience’s understanding of his cause. The strong language used in the speech is very persuasive and makes you feel inspired to make a difference in the world. Another emotionally appealing technique that king uses is repetition.
with protest, organizing, and together (unity) will bring about social change and justice. The two (2) speeches of Malcolm X and Savio were delivered to different types of audiences and both speeches dissimilar in pretexts and meaning. Malcolm X articulated how essential it was for African Americans to demand a resolve for the racial and discriminatory laws and social injustices in America. Government and its operatives were malevolence in its intent and obligations: they must exit to uphold racism and unfair practices. The political system has taken advantage of the electoral process of African Americans, and it was time that blacks demand alterations and results from the democratic process, especially the Democratic Political Party.
Near the end of the beginning King says “There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights”(King 2). This citation shows how King and all other African Americans will not stop fighting for equal rights until they get their rights. I can surmise that this citation really doesn 't mean that he won 't sleep but not stop protesting and speaking out to end all forms of racism. To continue, King also says that we must stop racism now and for good. In the beginning of the speech he says “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now”(King 2).
The Civil War was a great turning point for Americans and their ideas and thoughts of freedom. Slavery began to be questioned because of this change, as several writings express the belief of everyone having freedom and equality. For example, the “Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln strongly expresses that every man was created equal and everyone should put that into action. Another great source expressing equality is “Ain’t I a Women” by Sojourner Truth. The Civil War reshaped ideas and beliefs Americans once had and molded them into understanding that all people men, women, blacks, and whites are all created equal.
Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Had a Dream” speech was very commanding speech to the black and white people of the United States of America. His ambition was to end racism and segregation between the blacks and whites in the country. King’s greatest motive was equality, and he would not let anything change that from happening. In Martin Luther King Jr’s speech his tone was very determined. He was very passionate while being determined for everything he believed in.
President Kennedy strongly expressed his feelings towards the unjust situation of the two African Americans that could not enter into a school of their choice because of their color of skin. By reading and analyzing his speech you could read into his emotions from the tone of the text that President Kennedy was very disconsolate with the situation. I believe that Kennedy mentioned the issue on the campus of the University of Alabama not to just support part of the purpose of his speech but to also draw attention to the issue he was beginning to address, which was “all men are created equal”. President Kennedy said in his speech, “I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine the conscience about this and other related incidents.” Kennedy makes a point by basically telling the listening audience to think as if it was them that was in the same predicament as the people of color or to think of how it could be their sons or daughters. This thereby also supports him saying to treat people as you would want to be treated.
Indeed, the title of the speech “I have a dream” only became a slogan of the civil rights movement due to the repetition of King’s vision which is always preluded by the statement. King acts as the sole voice of the “Blacks” and suggests “I have a dream”: “one day this nation will live out the true meaning of its creed…one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of the former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…every valley shall be exalted”. By repeating this phrase King is able to envision a new America that is truly united and illicit feelings of hope amongst his followers because the repetition engrains King vision in their minds. King further uses facts to support his “dream” as he delineates all of America when he prolongs that even in “Alabama with its vicious racists” there will be brotherhood amongst the “Blacks and Whites”. Similar to Alabama, southern states of Georgia and Mississippi were also reliant on slave labour to power their agricultural industry.
King describes a path for the African American people to follow “... to make real the promises of Democracy.” (600), “...to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path racial justice.” (600), and “...to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children.” (600). King uses this to provide a plausible, rational path for the equal rights movement to work towards. King also states “[t]here will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.”, in this King informs everyone that the equal rights movement will not give up and will persevere until they are granted their rights that they were promised. King also explains that it would be detrimental for America to ignore the importance and determination of the movement. King uses these phrases to empower the movement and forewarn the opposers of the coming “... whirlwind revolt ...” to “... shake the foundation of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” (600), this message being central to his point of equal justice and equal rights, for everyone, which I believe gave the movement a boost in strength and endurance to power through adversity and gain the suffrage and rights they
Martin Luther King Junior's famous "I Have a Dream" speech brings forth a powerful message to the general public. His speeches are inspiring and command attention. Many people listen to him and use him as a source of hope to fight against racial issues. He is a symbol to African Americans as Wapshott stated, "Africans found a particularly poignant message in King’s plea for racial tolerance and his declaration that “the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”" His speech put forth the harsh realities African Americans face and wants to fight against them. King realizes that his people are wrongly treated and that they should not be put into separate schools and bathrooms just because of the color of one's skin.
King executes the use of pathos throughout his speech. Dr. King’s purpose of using pathos was to affect the audience’s emotions and work their emotions to sympathize with the African-Americans. Dr. King worked up the emotions of both black and white people that day. “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream” (Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech, paragraph 16).