Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Speech

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America is known to be the land of the free and home of the brave. She provides numerous amounts of opportunities for her citizens and is considered one of the greatest countries to exist. However, even though she grants opportunities, not everyone is treated equally. People, such as African Americans, are still fighting for their freedom even after slavery was abolished in 1865. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. publicized his famous and powerful speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He advocated before an immense crowd whom cried out in hope for King’s moving words. King spoke about his blatant hope for America and the necessity of change that needs to occur. During this period, America was facing challenges when it came to equal rights such as discrimination and racial injustice that made him a civil rights activist. He played a role in being involved with several boycotts in a fight for equality for African Americans. Throughout his entire speech, his focus is to encourage his supporters to continue boycotting and protesting peacefully until they are granted equal rights as American citizens. At the same time, his message is to evoke those uneducated about the sad truth of racism, to instead fight against it and yearn for a better world. In Dr. King’s speech, he establishes pathos by employing metaphors, anaphora, and allusions to appeal to his audience. It not only allowed for his victimized audience to feel empowered by his words, but also
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