Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr

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Martin Luther King Jr. was the greatest influence among both white and black people in 1959, during the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. changed how the people viewed slavery and the rights of African Americans with his powerful speech. He brought to the people words of trust, power, and most importantly hope. In 1959 Martin Luther King dedicated himself to the principles of non-violence. He encouraged other protesters to continue using social nonviolent methods during their movement for civil rights. Martin Gained national notoriety by 1960, and although he was a pastor at Ebenezar Baptist Church, he was involved in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters both black and white, organized one of the …show more content…

King creates ethos in several instances. Ethos is that appeal that creates trust, leadership, and authority. When King alludes to Lincoln, five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation,” the crowd instantly remembers that Lincoln freed the slaves. He creates an atmosphere of trust. By alluding to Lincoln he, Martin Luther King, also makes himself a person to be trusted and makes himself the authority. King then appeals to the audience’s logos when he explains that our constitution is a “Promissory note” and our civil rights are a check stamped “insufficient funds”. By explaining the black peoples’ problems in this simple term, King gets all the audience to understand that they are there for the same reason, to fight for their civil rights. King takes his audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. King calls his audience to action; he pleads; he provokes, and he inspires. For example, when King repeats the words, “Now is the time…” King calls his audience to action by creating a sense of urgency. The use of Aristotle rhetorical appeals throughout the speech take the listener on a powerful emotional

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