Rhetorical Devices In Martin Luther King's Speech

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Throughout King’s speech, his use of metaphor is vastly used to create a tone of necessity. King calls upon the African American with phrases like, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” to emphasize the fact that he understands the suffering and doesn’t want others to be sucked in with the non supporters of the civil rights. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t want people to take short cuts out to get freedom. He wants both blacks and whites to be able to hold hands together and greet each other without “hatred” and “bitterness.”

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