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In this essay I am going to analyse three contrasting speeches. The first is one of the most famous speeches of all time, Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream". This speech was delivered on the 28th of August 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. It has gone down in history as one of the greatest demonstrations for freedom, against the merciless environment that black people of America were put in. The second speech is Bill Clinton, "This has hurt to many innocent people". This speech was heard by over two thirds of America and many others over the world on the 17th of August 1998. The, then U.S.A President was speaking about his 'un-appropriate' relationship with Monica Lewinsky, one that he had denied earlier that year. Many people feared he would be impeached but his blunt, honest, sincere speech won over the American citizens once again. The third speech is Earl Spencer's "The most hunted woman of the modern age". This persuasive oratory was presented at Diana's funeral, in front of millions watching on television, listening on radio and there in person at Westminster Abbey.

Many speeches use powerful rhymes in their words to grab the attention of the audience. In Martin Luther King's speech, he uses two words 'segregation' and 'discrimination'. These to words sum-up his feelings, of how hope was given to the Negroes, then snatched away a few years later. Evidently the source of the speech's power lies in the punctuation and King's passionate speaking skills, this is backed-up with plenty of emotive language which gives the emotional feeling to the opening.