Summary Of I Have A Dream Speech

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In the speech “I Have a Dream”, Martin Luther King made a call for an end to racism in America. In terms of Martin Luther King's tone, I think there was a sensation of hope, but also the remembrance of the harsh and tough journey people of color had made to arrive at that day and place, so long after they were promised to be "free" with the Emancipation Proclamation. Martin Luther King was using rhetoric all the time in his speech. The words that he was saying contained shock, great emotion, and passionate release, that is why over 250,000 people felt motivated on the 28th of August in 1963. The speech starts with events and characters of the past like: “a great American” and “Emancipation Proclamation”. "The proclamation declared that all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free". Later in the speech Martin Luther King makes a main point that one hundred years later the black people still are not free. In his speech, I think Martin Luther King…show more content…
You can notice the figure of anaphora in the speech in the repetition of the phrase “I have a dream” in eight successive clauses. I think that this phrase was the thesis statement in his speech. Martin Luther King’s thesis, "I have a dream," presented us every major point of his speech. When he started mentioning the history of slavery and then the Emancipation Proclamation, when enumerated the sufferings of black people who had been harmed and imprisoned during demonstrations appealing and searching for equal rights. Later Martin Luther King described the view which he had for the relationships between races that he hoped and dreamt to see in the future, "I have a dream" was a way for King to say that he honored the past but was expecting better days for the future. His thesis was simply, that he was dreaming of a world in which racial problems would not exist and all people would have equal
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