How Did Martin Luther King Use Rhetorical Devices In Five Years Ago

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In August 1963, more than 50 years ago, Martin Luther King gave a speech that will be enshrined in the history forever. He purposely delivered the speech from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. Not only that he demanded racial justice, but he gave Americans as a nation a way to express how they feel. More importantly, his speech gave hope to the black community, the hope that they could all be equal one day. Martin Luther King’s writing is so specific. He studied the works of the Bible, Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg address. In the second paragraph “Five scope years ago” he refers to the famous speech Gettysburg address given by Lincoln. It is convenient that King gave his speech on the exact same place. Key writing technique that King uses so masterly is anaphora. Not only that he catches the reader’s attention this way, but he also puts an emphasis on the long period that the black community has been suffering. Repeating that one hundred years later Negro is still not free, that he is still crippled by the manacles of segregation makes the reader feel closer to the subject and makes him feel a part of the struggle that the black community was going through. Using anaphora is too obvious, but King managed to repeat some other key ideas as well. The word freedom is used many times in this speech giving us the idea that freedom is the main theme. After all, everything that black community was asking for is freedom; freedom to rightfully be citizens of their own
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