Martin Luther King's Speech

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The Power of Emotions “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.” This is a well-known quote is the artwork of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. whose speech at the “March on Washington” in 1963 rang throughout the United States of America. At the time, society had disregarded Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to end segregation, continuing on with hatred and oppression aimed at those of the Black community. However, Martin Luther King refused to accept being a bystanding within the minority and created a movement to change the course of history forever. His goals were simple; freedom, unity, equality, but his determination…show more content…
The term we cannot be satisfied is repeated throughout a portion of King’s speech, followed by various examples of hatred acts towards the Black community. This repetition emphasizes his constant motif of unity and equality, as well as freedom for his fellow people. A more effective piece of repetition is the title of Dr. King’s speech, in which he addresses all the problems of discrimination bestowed upon the African Americans. Each problem is only the beginning of what the African Americans endure every day. The phrase “I have a dream…”(King) is preceded by dreams of a better future by each and every Black person in America. In each line containing this clause, a stronger hope for unity, equality, and freedom is established in the hearts of the Negro population. The most effective form of repetition used in the speech is also used as a allusion to a well-known American song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” The one, short phrase used from the song is succeeded by different mountains of different states to convey a nationwide moral. “Let freedom ring…”(King) reiterates Martin Luther King Jr.’s proclamation of equality between all Americans. Also, the remains of each sentence with this idiom are references to height, to…show more content…
As used previous, a model of repetition has an underlying tone of imagery through vision. The remaining words with the expression “let freedom ring” are attributed to mountains of American states, which are a visual depiction of obstacles each individual faces that makes every person equal. A more effective part of imagery disclosed in this speech is sound. It is used in a way to unify the hearts and minds of Negros across the country. As used prior to this example, “Let freedom ring” (King) grazes upon the hearing of each human being listening to King’s speech. The term “ring” refers to an echo of change heard through the lands, acquiring more and more activists ready to fight this unquestionable battle by unifying with their comrades. The most effective particle of imagery is touch that is used as a way to hit to audiences’ emotions by unifying all people. Foundation is used as an element of touch to equalify the people and exhibit the necessity of unification to progress as a whole. “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood” (King). In this line, Dr. King is looking to improve the society’s coherence by a man lifting his brother, white or black, out of trouble and onto the stable structure. All these features of imagery reveal the
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