“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (King 84). Martin Luther King Jr. used his I Have a Dream speech have people join him in his protest to have everyone created equal. He used words and phrases that would stick out to people or easy to understand with context clues. He was also able to pause in his speech making every word or phrase that he said important. Phrases that stood out were, “I have a dream” or “let freedom ring”.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was, and still is, a very influential person in today’s society. In his speech, “I Have a Dream”, he highlights the themes of freedom, justice, and brotherhood/sisterhood to show the problems that he saw during his time, and his hopes for the future. If Dr. King was alive today, he would still be working towards his dream for the nation. Consequently, there are many events that happen today that oppose King’s themes of freedom, justice, and brotherhood/sisterhood. To begin with, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. greatly highlights his hopes for freedom in his speech.
Even if slavery had been gone for more then 100 years, African-Americans were still being treated unfair and were not completely free. In his first statement he said, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation”. Martin Luther King’s speeches and demonstrations would affect a change in the audience minds and hearts. He stood up against the injustice and inspired a nation into action with his words. Martin Luther King also used a lot of religious references in his speech for example from the Bible he used quotes like “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” & Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain….”.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important influential person in our history. He wrote not only the historic “I Have a Dream” speech, but he also wrote a letter while in the Birmingham jail. These two pieces of writing have impacted many and have appealed to the readers emotions and used logic to persuade people. These appeals were found in both the letter and in the speech but which one was more emotional and which one was more logical? Let 's start by talking about the logical appeals in the speech.
"brought with him a reputation for literature, science and a happy talent of composition. Writings of his were handed about" (David Colbert, Page 79) This goes to show that Thomas Jefferson was thought very highly off that he was asked to write the Declaration of Independence. It shows he was a hero as his thoughts and writing were the starting point
Allusions, However, stimulate ideas in the audience’s minds with minimum words. The speaker relies on the listeners being able to be familiar with the meaning hidden behind the allusion. These literary devices, along with many others, are one of the reasons Dr. Kings speech so empowering. In Dr. Kings “I have a Dream” speech he uses allusions to recall a past events. 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.
Language is the most powerful tool of communication in this world, with language we are able to create change. For instance Martin Luther King Jr is a man who created peace against racial oppression with he delivered his speech because of it he received a Nobel Prize. In his “I have a dream” speech, his words were inspirational when he spoke about equality. He said, “ Now is the time to make real promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.” (pg 302) This speech was given in 1963 yet today people of color are still being oppressed.
One man was exhausted by all of this hate and inequality and stood up for what he believed in most. That man was Martin Luther King Jr. By comparing “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and his “I Have a Dream” speech, two of his most famous pieces, you will notice how strong and powerful his words are and how much passion he used to persuade people to go the right direction in his fight for equality. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered one of his most powerful and one of his most revolutionizing speeches, “I Have a Dream.” This speech went down as one of the greatest representations for equality and civil rights, ever given. This speech has a lot of sentimental qualities, it was necessary to catch the attention of the people he was delivering his message to. He wanted people to hear and envision his idea for a better world without discrimination, racism, violence and hatred.
The speech I read is the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The speech was delivered on August 23, 1968 in the American capital of Washington D. C. by a man many people acclaimed to be a great revolutionary. However, there was nothing revolutionary about this man, but he was only affirming and restating the great promise of the country’s founding fathers which is denied to certain people and enjoy by the supremacist. Critics argued that the speech is meant for the emancipation of the black (Negro) race, but it is just more than advocating for a particular section of people, rather, the speech anticipate and speculate freedom and justice for all, irrespective of color, race, gender, and social status when the speaker said “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (B. McKay, 2008, para. 12).
Specific purpose: To inform my audience about the life of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Central idea: Dr. King is one of the most inspiring civil rights leaders in the history of the United States Civil Rights movement. Introduction Attention statement: My father called me two weeks ago from Yemen and asked me about school and I told him that I didn’t go today because its Dr. Martin Luther King birthday. He said, “And who is Dr. King?” Establish Credibility: while my father knows about Dr. King, I only knew that he was a civil rights activist. But, I’ve read about him recently and he is an inspiring character. Preview Statement: today, I’m going to share with you some information about Dr. King; his childhood, education,