Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech was spoken when the black people fought for their freedom. King puts this fight into words. It is not just the words that make his speech so well-founded, it is the way he uses them. What builds King 's speech is his utilization of images, allusions, repetitions, emotive language, contrast, structure, and purpose. King uses images to strengthen his speech.
The strong voice of Dr. King is seen throughout the letter and his tone is used to display his feeling of desegregation. While using emotion to have a sympathy feeling in his audience and show them the life of an African American during that time. Even though emotion was used Martin Luther King still used logic to explain unjust laws and use example of history to connect with the discrimination going on towards African Americans. To add an extra rhetorical device he used repetition to convey the key points in his letter. From the end of this letter Martin Luther King leaves his audience with the ways to demonstrate ones point through rhetorical devices and his motivation towards racial
Right away Douglass captures the audience’s attention on how nervous he is: “He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have.”. Saying this could make the audience sympathize for Douglass, Also, the audience could gain respect for him standing in front of many people, fighting for what he believes in. Douglass uses a metaphor in the fifth paragraph of his speech, “Great streams are not easily turned from channels worn deep in the course of ages.” Douglass is saying that, the longer this nation uses slavery, the more comfortable it’ll become to them; and the harder it will be to change the nation. Douglass wants his audience to know if they don’t act now, the harder it’ll become to change. While going through his speech, Douglass can only hope that his words will make a difference in the minds of those who are hearing
When an author or a person giving a speech repeatedly uses the same words over and over again, that would signal to the listener or reader that it is an important part to what they are trying to get across. One of the specific words that Douglass used often was “man” or “manhood” for instance he said, “it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race,” and “ crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced” (Douglass). The meaning behind the reoccurrence of those words is that he is emphasizing that the humanity of everyone is shared, including those who are slaves. He is wanting everyone to be seen as equals and by using the generic term, man, he isn’t specifying a specific group he is just talking to the public. On top of that he also repeats the words, “you” and “your”.
The Letter from Birmingham Jail and the I have a Dream Speech, both written by Martin Luther King Jr., explain the same message to people in two different ways. The Letter from Birmingham Jail was to write a letter to defend the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. He wrote this because he wants African Americans to come together and peacefully protest the unjust laws that are in place. On the other hand, his speech was to a large group of citizens, black and white, fighting for freedom, equality, justice and love. He used many rhetorical devices in his speech and letter that compared the two, and to show the differences in a clear way.
Repetition is found all throughout Washington 's speech. He repeats the phrase "cast down your buckets where you are" to strengthen his allegory. The more it is said, the more it is clear that he is not just talking to the African Americans, he is also talking to the "those of the white race". He is implying that the Whites could look to the African Americans for the prosperity of the South, instead of looking to "those of foreign birth and strange tongue and habits" (Line 74-75). He is telling both sides to notice what is around them and use what they have.
In the reading Just Walk on By by Brent Staples, the topic of racial stereotypes surfaces from the man who gets racially profiled quite often as he explains his personal experiences. The author bluntly tries to pass the message that racially judging people is wrong and explaining how it makes the other party ,african americans, feel. When analyzing Staples’ message his rhetorical strategies play a huge role into how his message is perceived. He uses influential diction allowing each word to give an impact unmatched by any white man who tried to convey a black man’s thought process. Staples also appeals to his credibility with the obvious observation that he is a black man talking about his real life experiences.
While contained at Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an open letter encouraging and defending a nonviolent approach to dealing with racism. Martin Luther King Jr. being known as a public figure who has impacted the way America as a whole treats African-Americans. Having lived through a time when his rights, as well as every person of color didn’t match to their fellow Americans, he felt the need to advocate. The letter has been considered as one of the best argument pieces, persuading and convincing many, due to diction and usage of rhetorical strategies. As Martin Luther King begins this piece he is notably respectful.
Thesis: In “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, Malcolm X in his telling of his life to Alex Haley uncovers the theme of positive and negative environments unearthed by the interaction of African Americans and White Americans in his life and what those kinds of environments inherently produce. Annotated Bibliography Nelson, Emmanuel S. Ethnic American Literature: an Encyclopedia for Students. Greenwood, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015.This encyclopedia points out that the negative interaction he held with the white man as a young hustler was countered by these same experiences pushing Malcolm X to reclaim his “African identity”. This shows, as described by the cited work, what a man pushed by his negative interactions with the oppressive white men is willing to do to find his identity (i.e. through hustling).
Although Malcom X was very forceful and to the point with his speech, “Ballot or the Bullet,” the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently displayed his point of view and tone in “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Both men addressed the injustices in the social degradation, political oppression, and economic exploitation of blacks in America. Quite possibly, their life experiences and sense of morality played a role in determining their point of view, and therefore, their tone. Advocators of King believe that Martin Luther King’s tone and point of view was much more thought out and spoken better than Malcolm X’s. The success of Martin Luther King’s peaceful movement against discrimination and injustice towards African Americans owes much