Similarities Between 'To Kill A Mockingbird And I Have A Dream'

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Atticus's speech from To Kill A Mockingbird and Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech both express their ideas on racial injustice and inequality. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) and Atticus both use rhetoric Martin Luther King's use of rhetoric is the most effective in his pursuit to develop his ideas about racial injustices and inequalities because he uses numerous devices to convey his message. MLK gave his speech to bring awareness to racial injustice and inequality towards all African Americans. MLK uses many rhetorical devices such as repetition, similes, metaphors, and allusions. He uses repetition so that he gets his points across and it is remembered by the audience. For example, MLK states, "...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!" He explains his hopes and …show more content…

MLK also uses similes and metaphors in his speech to create a picture and show the hardships that African Americans have to go through everyday. "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred..." He shows with this metaphor, that they will gain their freedom and equality through peace, not brutality. Finally, MLK alludes to the Emancipation Proclamation, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence to show the documents that were supposed to give them freedom, but failed to be upheld. "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir...would be guaranteed the 'unalienable Rights' of 'Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness'...Instead of honoring

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