These speeches helped define the American dream by motivating the colonists to build the foundation foundation of the term, which is freedom and independence. “The Speech at the Virginia Convention” , given by Patrick Henry, is undoubtedly one of the most famous speeches in American literature. The speech was given on March 23rd of 1775 (Henry, Patrick). The speech explains the urgency to break free from British rule. Henry explained how time and time again we had tried to peacefully negotiate with King
You can notice the figure of anaphora in the speech in the repetition of the phrase “I have a dream” in eight successive clauses. I think that this phrase was the thesis statement in his speech. Martin Luther King’s thesis, "I have a dream," presented us every major point of his speech. When he started mentioning the history of slavery and then the Emancipation Proclamation, when enumerated the sufferings of black people who had been harmed and imprisoned during demonstrations appealing and searching for equal rights. Later Martin Luther King described the view which he had for the relationships between races that he hoped and dreamt to see in the future, "I have a dream" was a way for King to say that he honored the past but was expecting better days for the future.
Martin Luther King Jr. and him were the two main speakers representing for the blacks. Malcolm X talked about the real problem during civil rights which is why aren’t they allowing us where they eat or go to school were they do. He is known as a religious reformer, he committed to the religion of Islam when he was in jail for a case of robbery when he was young. Most say he is also an inspirational figure which calmed them down from being picked on or judged by. Many came to come see and watch Malcolm X to speak at his rallies for black’s.
In his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech, King draws on the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Before considering the Civil Rights Movement, it is imperative to understand that public freedom is predicated on the belief that all men (meaning all humans, females alike) are equal before the law. Disapproving of the hierarchy and inequity of the British system, the writers of the Declaration of Independence believed that pedigree and personal assets were unfair measures of one’s worth. More than just a declaration of independence from an oppressive government, this idea was the declaration of a new faith in reason. Much like René Descartes in his Discourse on Method (1637), the drafters questioned the conventional norm of their day and strove to establish an enlightened nation. In fact, America is oftentimes seen as a child of enlightenment because it so adamantly set itself apart from the European system of governance.
Malcolm X was a powerful struggler as much as Martin Luther King Jr. as a separatist, unlike King’s claim. He thought that white and black people could not be united. Like one of his famous quotes, “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”, he believed that only freedom can be achieved by taking it from who discriminates the black people.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, are two crucial leaders in the civil rights movement. Although, the end goal for both leaders was to put an end to segregation and slavery and to achieve equality, the influential figures share several different and similar approaches to the situation: a radical, pro-violent approach taken by X and a rational, non-violent approach taken by King. The trivial similarities and differences between King 's "Letters from Birmingham Jail" and X 's "The Ballot or the Bullet" range from the style/tone, their thoughts on violent means, and their thoughts on the government. "The Ballot or the Bullet" and "Letters from Birmingham Jail" differ in terms of the style/tone used regardless of the
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were both two African American civil rights activists who were very prominent throughout history. They fought for what they believed in but in vastly different ways. Martin Luther King Jr. was born to a middle class family and was well educated. Malcolm X, on the other hand, grew up in a rather hostile environment with barely enough schooling. Both their speeches, “I Have a Dream” and “The Ballot or the Bullet” may have shared some common traits, but at the same time, differed greatly in various aspects.
First off, we will start with examples from the “I Have a Dream” speech. While analyzing I discovered that M.L.K brings up many different types of historical evidence that many people know to support his arguments. “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. 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,262).” In this quote he is bringing up the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
During 1964 President John F. Kennedy suggested that the whole nation should act upon treating all blacks equally he achieved this goal by passing a bill to end segregation. Before this bill was passed it was up for debate. As a Black Nationalist freedom fighter Malcolm X gave a powerful speech. Malcolm X led the Black Nationalism which was a political and social movement to help blacks acquire racial equality in the economy. Malcolm X the Ballot or The Bullet states that every single black faced the same problem being the only ones who can fix it.
Although he supported black equality, he attacked the problem unlike others such as Martin Luther King Jr. did. Instead of promoting peace to solve problems, Malcolm X used violence when necessary to get his points across to his audience. Little’s speech has a significant lack of logic; although, it is a clever move to predominantly use emotional appeal due to his motive - to incite anger in America and to showcase the government's faults. Through repetition of inflammatory phrases and accusatory diction both which create appeals to anger, Malcolm X effectively persuades his audience during “The Ballot Or The Bullet.” Throughout his speech, Malcolm X repeats incendiary phrases in order to kindle vexation in his audience. This tactic encourages his listeners to stand up for themselves now that they can see the issue at hand.