Martin Luther King Speech Analysis

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King is the G.O.A.T. He is the Greatest Of All Time when it comes to writing and delivering speeches. King has earned this title of G.O.A.T. because of how he can take a social group and mold them into a certain image to maximize the reaction of his words. In his speeches, King is very wise because he knew the best way to have his message remembered and push forward the civil rights movement was to get an emotional response. An emotional connection to a movement would result in more support and effort for the movement. As a result, in his speech “The Eulogy for the Martyred Children”, King took the social group of the 4 young girls who were murdered in the Birmingham church bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, and portrayed them as perfect and very young people so he could use them as a catalyst to expand the civil rights movement. A few weeks before King gave his eulogy, he gave his iconic “I have a Dream” speech. This was supposed to rally activists to …show more content…

This was very significant in setting the tone of the speech in terms of talking about the girls. The word choice King used was very important as well. He used the word “beautiful” to describe them and also referred to them as “God’s” children. In the Christian Church God makes no mistakes, he is a being that is perfect so by referring to these girls as God’s, they are thought of in a higher light. Also, the word beautiful or beauty is used many times in Bible when referring to God’s work and his actions. In some scripture like in Psalm 149:4 where the Bible says “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation”. The word beauty here means to make perfect and to fix all the imperfections. So therefore by referring to the girls as “beautiful” it has the connotation of the word in the Bible which puts these girls in a perfect

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