King's Speech: Critique Of Dr. Martin Luther King

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Umer Tariq Bashir
Mariam Ishtiaq
Writing and Communication ss-100
16 November 2015
Martin Luther King speech:Critique
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I have a dream” is an inspiring elocution which induces people of all the communities. It tries to elevate the status of the Afro-American community and urges all people to strive for the attainment of an indiscriminate society. Martin Luther King is an eloquent speaker who has the ability to captivate an audience with his charismatic and persuasive speech. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister, Humanitarian and social activist. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. He was one of the leading leaders who led the
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His speech reflects the use of all the appeals which include Ethos, Pathos and Logos with Pathos being the dominant one. He emotionally persuade the audience by referring to the struggles black community faces “Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice". On another occasion he states, "The negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land." By the use of Pathos King tries to making his audience no longer hate Negroes and instead hate racism and wish for a new, better world. Not only emotional appeals, King also applied the use of logos and ethos to bring both the races together. His credibility as a social worker and civil activist was developed since long. Martin Luther King jr. was an inspiring leader and a moral arbiter in Civil rights movement for 14 years. The credibility in this speech is adequate since MLK himself is a black fighting against racial injustice. King builds his credibility by building upon the credibility of Abraham Lincoln “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today…” implying himself on the same path as of the great American Lincoln. Further along in his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. claims, "There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.
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