Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was, and still is, a very influential person in today’s society. In his speech, “I Have a Dream”, he highlights the themes of freedom, justice, and brotherhood/sisterhood to show the problems that he saw during his time, and his hopes for the future. If Dr. King was alive today, he would still be working towards his dream for the nation. Consequently, there are many events that happen today that oppose King’s themes of freedom, justice, and brotherhood/sisterhood. To begin with, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. greatly highlights his hopes for freedom in his speech.
In the past there have been many amazing and inspiring speeches that people have read. One of the amazing speeches was called I Have a Dream read by Martin Luther King Jr. He shared with the world that everyone is equal no matter the color of their skin. Another great speech that had been spoke was by Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain during the Civil War before they had gone into the three day battle at Gettysburg. His speech was so amazing and he had such great traits that he ended up convincing 120 mutineers to go into battle with him.
“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” (Martin Luther King) This was the penning statement of the speech learnt or well known by anyone studying or interested in literature or history. “I Have Dream” without a doubt is rightfully one of the bet delivered over time. While his opening statement spoke of making a historical day out of the demonstration, Martin Luther King was unaware that his delivery would be equally if not more historical than the event itself in the literature arena and even more, the field of rhetoric. Hundreds of students, experts, professionals and admirers in the rhetoric world have reviewed, examined, critiqued and or praised King’s delivery. Without a doubt, the message in the speech coupled with the style of delivery is one to be appreciated if not rewarded.
Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” was an astonishing masterpiece not only in his ideology but the literature he used too. On top of that Martin Luther delivered his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before more than 200,000 people on August 28,1963. Martin Luther’s main purpose was to show the people of America, the deep depths of segregation and separation and how the negro still suffers today as he quoted- “One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished … in his own land”. He also uses some crucial events that had occurred in the past like
“I Have a Dream” Schools, streets, bridges are adorned by his name. As long as American children start to go to kindergarten, they are thought to honor Martin Luther King. His main idea was that “all men are created equal” and have an intrinsic right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. King expressed his ideals on August 28th 1963 before a crowd in Washington, DC when he delivered his famous speech to millions of people and changed the future for the following generations. “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most highly acclaimed speeches of all time.
Throughout the course of history, language and communication has always played a large role in conveying and persuading people to change their thoughts and attitudes towards ideas and subjects. There are many examples in history of how a speech has affected the general public and changed their attitudes towards a certain subject. Unquestionably one of the most famous speeches in all of history is the Speech “I have a dream” by Martin Luther King has been recognized to be one of the best speeches ever given. “I have a dream” speech was written in 1963 during the civil rights movements of America. The civil rights movement was ignited when Rosa Parks was arrested and at a time where racism was at an all high, prominently towards African Americans.
Language is the most important manner to create and behold power in politics. Politicians are often known for their powerful speeches. The ‘I have a dream…’ speech by Martin Luther King Jr. is famous all around the globe, and by extension, he is, too. The speech presented Martin Luther King Jr. with a kind of immortality. The current president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is also recognized for his public speaking skills.
Not only emotional appeals, King also applied the use of logos and ethos to bring both the races together. His credibility as a social worker and civil activist was developed since long. Martin Luther King jr. was an inspiring leader and a moral arbiter in Civil rights movement for 14 years. The credibility in this speech is adequate since MLK himself is a black fighting against racial injustice. King builds his credibility by building upon the credibility of Abraham Lincoln “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today…” implying himself on the same path as of the great American Lincoln.
Speeches in America’s history have been very powerful and moving. The speech given by Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain before the Battle of Gettysburg that changed the minds of 114 mutineers to fight alongside him in this battle. I feel like I could compare Colonel Chamberlain's speech to the wonderful “I Have a Dream Speech” spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both of these amazing and powerful words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. Colonel Chamberlain’s speech were trying to move these mutineers to fight for his regiment that is below half strength and Dr. King is trying to get rid of racism.