uses ethos to effectively touch the emotions of the audience. Martin Luther King Jr. repeats the phrase, “I HAVE A DREAM TODAY!” to intensify the emotions and raise the hopes of many black people who are being treated as “second-class citizens” that one day they might get to be free. He talks about how he understands that many of the people that are listening to his speech had a difficult time to even get there. Martin Luther King Jr. uses the word “hope” many times in his argument. Hope is a very strong word.
King starts off by repeatedly asking his audience "when will you be satisfied? "; he follows this by stating five reasons African Americans have not been satisfied. By repeating how they are still not satisfied, King makes his audience understands and remembers his reasons for wanting change in this nation which was built on the pursuit of freedom. To understand why King repeated this particular question, the audience will need to know about the racial injustices at the time along specifically about how the white population believed that African Americans should be content with what they have. Another notable example of anaphora is when King repeatedly states "Let freedom ring" to remind his audience what he is fighting for.
This speech was given on August 28, 1963 after Martin Luther King Jr. led “The March on Washington”. The “I have a Dream” speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where former President Lincoln defeated southern states over the issue of slavery. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a seventeen minute long speech, where he spoke passionately about the demand of change of racial justice and an integrated society.
They followed their values of equality so much that they were willing to die for it. Hopefully, after this reading you’ will agree that these two really are true American heros! In 1948, Martin Luther King Jr earned a sociology degree from Morehouse College. Later King enrolled at Boston university earning his Ph.D. degree. King became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church of Montgomery in Alabama.
In his first paragraph he addresses a famous civil rights activist by expressing, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.” Although, he does not directly say who this man was, the audience can infer that Dr. King was referring to Abraham Lincoln. Dr. King uses an allusion to explain how Abraham Lincoln created the emancipation proclamation to end slavery and give rights to African Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. then goes on and clarifies
I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue”(Obama 462). Obama mentions a lot from his past, wanting his audience to get a sense of his perspective on the idea of how he viewed racial inequality and the struggles he had to face growing up with a much diverse family. The use of pathos or emotional appeal in Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union”, is one of the crucial keys on making his essay so powerful to show the makeup of racial
Mid-twentieth century was a time of great significance in the United States of America. It was during this time that the Civil Rights Movement started and created an impact on society that can still be seen to this day. Starting with the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education (1954), in which segregation in public schools was banned, the movement continued to grow and gave men like James Meredith opportunities that had never-before been available. Eight years into the Civil Rights Movement, Meredith left his own mark on history when he became the first black man to enroll and graduate from the University of Mississippi, thus integrating a school symbolized with white prestige. Although Meredith faced heavy resistance from state officials
If Martin Luther King Jr. did not have the courage to speak out, the world we live in today would be very different. In America, Martin Luther King Jr. is known as the leader of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr changed the world by ending segregation, so people of all races will be equal. During his trip to freedom, he risked his life and hosted protests and boycotts to gain freedom for all African Americans. Because of his actions, everyone in America is welcome and treated the same.
As stated within his speech. In attendance as well where both blacks and whites, proof that the contents of the dream he was about to speak was shared not only by those who felt such inequality first hand. “But one hundred years later, the Negro still not free. One hundred years later the life of a Negro is still sadly crippled by manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” Dr. King stated within his speech touching on how life was still a standstill of progression. The equality that was said to be a given right to all, still had not come to pass.
King references the Gettysburg Address that was written by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. “Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation.” (King 1). At the end of the speech, he mentions major disputes in history that makes us who we are today. “...we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing…” (King 6). Martin Luther King Jr. used figurative language such as metaphors, allusions, and repetition in his speech to create a lasting impact in our nation that fought segregation.