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.
If Martin Luther King Jr. did not have the courage to speak out, the world we live in today would be very different. In America, Martin Luther King Jr. is known as the leader of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr changed the world by ending segregation, so people of all races will be equal. During his trip to freedom, he risked his life and hosted protests and boycotts to gain freedom for all African Americans. Because of his actions, everyone in America is welcome and treated the same.
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. King also emphasizes in the practice of peaceful protests as he wanted people to peacefully stand against racial injustice. One of the greatest strengths of King’s speech was that he was able to use it to tie into people’s emotions, tapping into how the audience felt and using those feelings to win them over. Through the use of these literary devices tied with the importance of faith, equality, and freedom Dr. King told the importance of achieving racial justice because it will lead to peace. Because of this Dr. King intricately uses repetition to emphasize the importance of keeping faith because it will lead them to racial justice.
He told white people “work in conjunction with us-each of us working among our own kind.” Martin Luther King Jr., on the other hand, preached equality and desegregation. He wanted White people and African Americans to work together. Like he said in his famous speech, “we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to climb up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”. By the 1960’s,
“I Have a Dream...” Analysis On August 28, 1963, Civil Rights activists gathered around the memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the man that ended slavery and opened up a new world for African Americans through signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Unfortunately, African American still were not free. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I Have a Dream” speech that has gone down in history as a glimmer of hope for the Civil Rights activists fighting for African American freedoms. In this inspiring speech, certain rhetorical devices were used to grab the audience's attention such as, anaphora and metaphors. These devices were also used to persuade the audience.
In his speech “I Have a Dream”, pastor and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. states the feelings and reasons why the African-American society will stand up against the racial segregation lived during the 1960’s on the United States. He represents this by exposing the problem of racial discrimination and inequality in which he and the black community were living by, calling for action using the peaceful protest the injustice committed to them, and showing the possibility for both the white and the black race to live in peace. King’s purpose is to assert the negative effects created by racism towards the lives of African-Americans, and to declare that racial equality is fundamental to achieve peace amongst the people, thus creating a better society for the future generations. Luther King speaks full of confidence throughout
He specifies the need for unity through the harmony of music and the inequality through off-key notes. “With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful harmony of brotherhood” (King). Dr. King launches his message to the jangling discords in the nation, or
“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream” persuade people who listen this speech that start struggling with American who defaulted on the promissory note what means all men are equality and no racial discrimination, and never give it up until the Negro to be free. The examples of ethos display the purpose of speaker that free millions of Negro slaves and
He wanted to speak to Afican Americans to inspire them to spark a change in the nation. During one point in his speech he said, “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now… Now is the time to lift our nation… now is the time to make justice a reality.” He gave them hope, encouraged them to act now, and showed empathy towards them by using pronouns like “we” and “our” while speaking, making his speech more personal. Even though a lot of the people listening were black Americans and supported equality and integration, there were also people on the other side of the spectrum listening who believed in segregation and white supremacy to be true. King’s words spoke to these people by describing to them how badly black people were being treated and the sacrifices they were being forced to make by saying, “The life of the Negro is still crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” To explain further, King uses the metaphor, “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient
Black people and even some whites gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to take a stand against segregation. There was a total of around 200,000 people. (New York Times) Many people gave speeches, but the most famous speech was Martin’s “I Have a Dream” speech. One of the quotes of his speech was “ 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 the content of their character.” This one quote inspired others and made them feel the same drive to make a difference. Martin won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his peaceful ways of protesting against segregation.
Many inequalities were targeted African Americans who faced discrimination. Many people took a stand against these injustices such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy both made speeches addressing Civil Rights and inspired more people to support their cause. Both Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy used rhetorical strategies to emphasize the main points in their speeches. Martin Luther King Jr used repetition and parallel structure and John F. Kennedy used logos and pathos to highlight the importance of civil rights worldwide.
“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.” Fortunately, King’s and other people’s hope was completed but it wasn’t an easy task to do. During the time King was writing the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, the African-American Civil Rights Movement was proceeding. Men and Women were protesting for the equal rights of “colored people”, to overcome racial injustice in the USA and Martin Luther King Jr. was a major part of it. He was one of the main leaders of this movement; this
The Reconstruction Amendments helped African Americans build an American Dream by promoting their general welfare, giving them liberty, and assuring justice for all people of color. To begin with, the Thirteenth Amendment helped the African Americans build an
The 14th Amendment was important because if played the most major factor on our society it gave each individual equality. The 14th Amendment allowed us to take this to the future and our children’s future and will forever and always live in this society even after we are long gone. To come to my conclusion I will recap some of my final thoughts about the above. First I do agree with some of the things that President Lincoln did I also love the fact he issues the Emancipation Proclamation. I do agree that a start needed to be made in reference to our slave’s freedom.
King utilizes in addition to parallelism is his use of metaphors all throughout his speech. King uses metaphor in a way to pose an idea and even an argument against any opposing forces in the crowd. As he begins his speech, King refers to president Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation. He says, “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity” (King).