Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in front of thousands of people, both black and white. Dr. King delivered a speech that talks about the racial inequality that existed in America for years, saying how it needed to end. The people that had attended that speech were in support of King’s ideas to end the long battle of racial injustice that was running rampant at the time. The speech resonated with people all over America, having an enormous effect that helped to end racial injustice. In the speech King used many literary devices to emphasize the importance of bringing justice to the people who had been treated unequally because this justice would will lead to peace.
At the beginning of this text King refers to the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, however then compares that to the society in which they find themselves in one hundred years later. King 's repetition of the phrase one hundred years really shows us that society at that time had not really progressed from the time of Abraham Lincoln in terms of racial justice. King describes this with very raw imagery of captivity when he says ' 'one hundred years later the life of the Negro is still badly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination ' '. The repetition of the phrase one hundred years also sets up the overall poignant feeling in this speech when he states ' 'one hundred years later the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. Another example of where King uses clever repetition of phrases is in the second half of this speech where King presents his view for a better future in America, where all people are equal.
He then goes on to create a very logical appeal when stating that the Emancipation Proclamation gave “hope to millions of Negro slaves who had seared in the flames of withering injustice”. The Emancipation Proclamation was the first event where African – American’s were increasing up the ladder of social hierarchy. Dr King uses anaphora, the repetition of a word or words at the beginning of successive clauses, to create an appeal of emotion and logic. He describes that it has been one hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation but still “the life of the Negro is still badly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination”, “the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity”, “the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and
It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream” (Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech, paragraph 16). Dr. King uses the tactic of referring to the American dream to appeal to the emotions of the audience as a whole. Implying that we all have freedom and rights ignites an emotional response everyone can relate to. Dr. King sparks an emotional response with that passage, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” (Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech, paragraph 20). Using this statement helps the audience to understand he is a parent and wants what is best for his children, similar to all the other parents in the audience.
Abstract: I Have a Dream is public speech made by Martin Luther King in Lincoln Memorial, 1963. It mainly talked about the equality problem of African American. Since Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans were waiting for the day when they were really free. However, even a hundred years later, the black people were still discriminated and their life still the same. I Have a Dream was written in such condition to fight for their own rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extremely impactful activist during the Civil Rights Movement that gave over 2,500 speeches in his lifetime. Of these speeches, his most popular is his famous I Have a Dream speech that he gave on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. during the March on Washington. Even famous speakers like Martin Luther King, Jr. use persuasive techniques to appeal to the different sides of their audiences. In order to appeal to his predominately African American audience, Martin Luther King, Jr. makes reference to Abraham Lincoln and his granting freedom to slaves by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. King also discusses his personal life, along with his family and children, to show the crowd that he is fighting for the same things as them.
“I Have a Dream” and “Glory & Hope” were two great speeches given by two of the most significant and exceptional speakers in the 20th century. These 2 men were Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and Nelson Mandela. These two speeches were delivered at times when great racial segregation and injustice had been found in the deep chasms of human society. At that time the Negros in North America and South Africa were racially divided. The Apartheid in South Africa and the lack of rights for the Negros in North America.
“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children” (King). Martin Luther King Junior said these words and wanted to enforce that everyone’s children need to live in a safe and peaceful environment when they grow up. His speaking skills left a mark on many people and our country has made drastic changes. The “I Have a Dream” speech was a verbalization that includes hard work and very little sleep. He stayed up until four A.M writing this speech.
The modern African American, according to Hughes, feels the discrimination and hate against themselves just as their ancestors did, how they are ‘lynched still’ in the United States, which further connects past Africans to present African Americans (16). In addition to connecting the modern African American to their ancestors, this idea of unity among other modern African Americans can be felt with the commiseration due to the universal suffering from discrimination. Hughes wrote this poem in the 1920s, which, while a time of postwar celebration, still contained heavy racial tension and discrimination against African Americans. By contributing to the Harlem Renaissance and resisting the racial prejudice in this era of segregation, Hughes’ narrator in “Negro” also unifies isolated and downtrodden African Americans of the 1920s, and many African Americans today, through a universal pain felt in African Americans. The historical context and personification combined also emphasize the unity between African Americans of the 1920s through a universal understanding of pain and
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.