Rhetorical Strategies In Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream Speech

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Taking place on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr wrote one of the most rhetorically inspirational speeches that ever came upon us. “I Have a Dream Speech,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr wrote this speech to the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. This speech was written and presented only by Martin Luther King Jr. As a civil rights modernizer, he dedicated his speech to not only black Americans but to all Americans therefore he could encourage the idea of equality. As for his audience, Dr. King made certain to make his speech pleasing to all Americans. Martin Luther King’s speech successfully conveyed civil rights issues, and included many rhetorical strategies. For example, he used pathos to inspire people (African American) to recover and overcome such difficulties that they were facing. He also smartly talked to a broad audience that could feel his pain and relate to his struggle. He established his credibility by being knowledgeable, but not only that but relaying to the crowd how he had endured this struggle. Through Martin Luther …show more content…

He was intentionally clever to inspire his audience by using ethos, logos, and pathos. Dr. Kings speech ended up being so rhetorically substantial that it motivated the government to take action on civil rights. This speech was not the start or the finish, but a outstanding moment in the fight for equal rights of everyone. Dr. King states “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last” (King,4). He states that African Americans can finally be equally treated and not have to go through anti-segregation again of the dimensions of going through war. The results of his speech made sure that Dr. King was successful and effective by creating a speech to fix the racial problems in America and to be equally

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