Although the Vietnam War was an event of the past, the debate on America’s involvement in the war has been ongoing for several years. In his 1967 speech, Beyond Vietnam, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior states that America’s participation in the Vietnam War is unjust. By using a combination of figurative language, personal anecdotes, and emotional appeal, King is able to build a convincing argument for the unreasonable involvement of the United States in the war. To begin, King uses figurative language in the first half of his speech to highlight the destructive nature of the war, strengthening his overall position. Despite having a “shining moment” of “experiments, hopes, [and] new beginnings” during the struggle for human rights, King illustrates the Vietnam War as “broken and eviscerate” and a “political plaything of a society gone mad on war”.
Introduction: Martin Luther King Jr. was an American pastor, activist, and a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He fought for equality and integration. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. He was against racism and believed that white and black people should be seen as equal instead of opposites. He won plenty of cases and therefore became a very popular civil rights leader of America.
He uses metaphorical imagery, powerful diction,and symbolism to create an impact on the audience. King’s dialect showed the audience civil right issues, involving many rhetorical strategies using ethos, logos, and pathos, to a racially tempered crowd whom he viewed as different, but not equal. From the very beginning of it , King brings his crowd back to the origin of America when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, that freed all slaves and gave hope to the former slaves. But immediately after Dr. King speaks out on how after 100 years Blacks still do not have the free will that is deserved. He points out the irony of America because Black Americans were still not truly free.
According to the article King, Martin Luther Jr., Gregory L. Kaster states "King 's oratory, courage, and steadfast commitment to nonviolence enabled him to inspire both Southern blacks and many Northern whites in the struggle to desegregate the South" (Kaster). Martin was a big believer in no segregation and equal rights for all. During King 's time, it was against the law for blacks to vote and Martin was very unpleased by this. So Martin recruited people of all colors to march with him from Selma to Montgomery to protest the wrongful law. Also, King fought for desegregation all over the world, he felt it was wrong and very distasteful of people to treat and make people use different vicinities based on their skin color.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister who became well known through his involvement and leadership in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and the 1960s. On April 12, 1963, eight clergymen from Alabama issued and signed a statement that included subtle accusations of hatred and violence by civil rights supporters and activists. Criticisms such as demonstrations being “unwise and untimely”(King 1), were made and directed towards Martin Luther King Jr.’s actions although he was a pacifist and valued peace. In response to the criticisms, King composed one of the most significant documents in American history which was an extensive letter addressed to the clergymen while he was spending time in a jail cell at the Birmingham
Martin Luther King Jr. knew what he stood for, could be controversial to some and he was willing to die for his cause. That takes courage, not something everybody has, but it is something that good leaders should have. Martin Luther King Jr. had courage something not all leaders had or have. Martin Luther King Jr. had a family, he had loved ones and yet, he stood up for what he believed in even if it meant losing everything. That is what makes Martin Luther King Jr. a good
Martin Luther King’s speech about equality throughout the world, and his hope for humanity has been recognized as one of the most brilliant and memorable speeches of all time. It is a powerful message against all forms of racism. King starts off by painting a picture of how much the African American race has struggled for their freedom. He continues by saying how even though they are no longer slaves, they still do not have the rights that every human being deserves. This speech also informs the audience on what they plan to do to obtain their rights.
He believed that chance could occur through non- violation, and so affirmed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s motto: “To save the soul of America”. This affirmation gave clear evidence that many other people were putting effort to make changes. On top of that, Martin Luther King also represents the importance of non-violence by giving his personal experience. His claim of understanding the others’ feelings was inspiring, and therefore gave a strong impact to the audience. “For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence.” This indicates the increasing importance of the boys, government, and many other people who are in fear.
King made sure to use profound word choice, such known as diction. Diction is used throughout King 's speech very relevantly. “Nineteen sixty three is not an end, but a beginning.” (34-35) By using the word “beginning,” King is setting forth the idea of a beginning of a new life, of a new chapter, the beginning of a new era in the lives of African Americans in the United States. He wants everybody in America to know that 1963 is the last of racism and a new beginning of racial-love, not hate, for they “will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.” To utilize King’s use of diction, he repeatedly offers the word “justice” a large number of times in his speech. “Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.
“I’ve seen the Promised Land”, this statement has power, not only in it's words but by who they are speaking by. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these profound words in his last speech, he used them to empower all who heard them and to let the people of this nation know that this fight will end. During this speech, King provided his insight on some of the recent activities of the civil rights movement, such as the sanitation worker strike, the direction the movement was headed, and the importance of reaching equality overall. To begin with, the issue of injustice. King’s attitude towards the sanitation workers was the belief of injustice, other than Memphis not being fair, the unjustness in the news’ failure to report the entirety of the story and instead focusing on the window breaking.