Rhetorical Analysis Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Rhetorical Analysis The ultimate goal of justice is slowly but surely still being achieved for the black community today. (SS) A day that heavily influenced this achievement was in 1963 during the March on Washington, in front of the Lincoln Memorial. (SS) The man who changed lives that day not only wanted people to hear his message, but also apply it to their live. (SS) In his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses repetition, specific, illustrative details and examples, allusions, and figurative language in order to amplify his message that his audience needed to bond together to fight for civil rights and justice immediately. (com) Dr. King emphasizes the fact that his dream is to achieve…show more content…
(SS) King speaks of the attacks, “...unspeakable horrors of police brutality,” the black community encountered for having a different skin tone. (SS) Since the white community did not see the Blacks as equals, they did not think they were hurting a worthy human being. (com) King also addresses the “... negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one,” as something the whole black community had to face on a regular basis. (SS) The black community was forced to receive social restraints on their lives, causing severe inequality by taking away the free will to live anywhere they wanted. (SS) This image is a powerful, real life illustration of the extreme segregation of that time. (SS) One specific injustice some had to face was when, “...a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote.” (SS) This injustice kept the black community from being involved in their country’s important issues and decisions. (SS) Also, by using such a specific state and situation, Dr. King was trying to hit close to home for anyone who had been put in that particular or similar position. (SS) By using experiences his audience had most likely understood, Dr. King appealed to their pathos, and he caused them to grasp the reason they should fight.…show more content…
King urged his audience to recall the past and its effect on their present situation. (SS) Martin Luther King used Abraham Lincoln’s opening from the “Gettysburg Address,” “Five score years ago...” to reference the start of the movement 100 years before King’s own speech. (SS) Since Lincoln was an advocate for racial equality and he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the document freeing slaves, he was the perfect person to quote. (CC) Gathered at Lincoln 's Memorial 100 years later, the audience came to finish the journey for equality he had started. (SS) The quote which guaranteed unalienable rights, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” from the Declaration of Independence brought reassurance to the people. (SS) The Declaration of Independence, which was one of the founding documents of America, gave hope to the audience because it guaranteed freedom and equality. (CS) This gave the audience faith to fight for something better because they knew America was meant to be a country where everyone was equivalent to one another. (SS) Alluded from Jeremiah 2:13, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” Dr. King used this verse to remind his audience to stray away from a violent, impulsive fight. (SS) King implied the community must still fight, but in a peaceful manner, so they are not like the white oppressors who are violent. (CS) His audience must be bigger people and not divert to
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