Use Of Rhetorical Devices In I Have A Dream Speech

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Uses of rhetorical devices in “I Have a Dream” Speech Have you ever wondered what Martin Luther King Jr. would say if he saw us now? He would say, “Good Job.” Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was given out on August 28, 1963, and was also meant for diverse men of race, religion and ethnic group to be the audience. Dr. King used metaphors, allusions, and repetition in his speech to try to better convey with the audience to try to make a difference.

Dr. KIng use of metaphors was to convey to the audience understand more in depth about the situation with the blacks at the time. One example of Dr. King’s use of metaphor is when he says, “Manacles of segregation and chains of discrimination.” Dr. King uses this metaphor to describe to the audience that even after the emancipation proclamation which meant for all slave to be free and treated equal is not being treated equal and it is the same as being a slave with weights on him. Another example of Dr. King using metaphors is when he says, “Whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” Dr. King uses this metaphor specifically to tell the audience how
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used allusion, metaphors, and repetitions in his speech to try to convince Americans to open up their door of selfishness and welcome change. Dr. King used metaphor to let people better understand things that they don’t necessarily know. KIng also used allusions to show people his ideas compared to theirs, and to make people remember certain things that those people said that goes against what the audience is doing. Finally, Dr. King used repetitions to show people something that is really important, and to remind them about things in the past that should be remembered. In the end, Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream” speech used many rhetorical devices to try to convince people to change their ways, open the doors of selfishness, and invite change. And it

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