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Pros And Cons Of I Have A Dream And Martin Luther King

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An African American living in the 1960’s with hopes of being able to vote, work, or to go to school were all just dreams, things that they thought didn’t exist for colored people. In the early 1960’s Martin Luther King Jr. being a black himself, was an advocate for black rights. He was the author of many inspiring newspaper articles, books and speeches. His most well known out of the many are the “I Have a Dream” speech and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, which were both written in times of despair. MLK used many techniques to persuade his audience, he mostly used pathos and logos. Pathos are the use of charged language to arouse emotions and logos are clear evidence supported by facts, data, and or expert testimony. King 's writings clearly show the difference between logos and pathos, in which he uses more of pathos than…show more content…
The use of pathos and logos in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is extraordinary. “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” (MLK pg, 261-262) This quote has a logical appeal or also know as a logo. It is a logo due to the fact that this it is a fact that they signed the Declaration of Independence and that it says that all men should be created equal. Martin Luther King Jr. put this in his “I Have a Dream” speech to persuade readers that African-Americans need the same rights as American white
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