The Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream

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“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) This was the penning statement of the speech learnt or well known by anyone studying or interested in literature or history. “I Have Dream” without a doubt is rightfully one of the bet delivered over time. While his opening statement spoke of making a historical day out of the demonstration, Martin Luther King was unaware that his delivery would be equally if not more historical than the event itself in the literature arena and even more, the field of rhetoric. Hundreds of students, experts, professionals and admirers in the rhetoric world have reviewed, examined, critiqued and or praised King’s delivery. Without a doubt, the message in the speech coupled with the style of delivery is one to be appreciated if not rewarded. As such, I Have a Dream has received different arguments all from different viewpoints (at times polarizing) from scholars to students and researchers. Delivered to over a quarter a million civil rights supporters, I Have a Dream had both local and global impacts giving that day significance for generations and generations to come.
Having known the gravity of this speech, its direct and indirect impact, the richness of rhetoric it entails, this paper seeks to give a bipartisan well thought analysis of the speech as well as my personal critique. Even before delving into this “masterpiece of
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