Martin Luther King Jr Rhetorical Summary

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“I Have A Dream”

On August 28th of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most famous speeches of all time. “I Have a Dream”. The speech was heard by thousands upon thousands of people in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. This speech addressed many things, one of which was the severe racial injustices against African American citizens at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. King conveyed his message of social justice and equality with an essence of poise and eloquent detail. King was very good at connecting with the American people and convincing them to join the fight against the racial inequality and discrimination. This speech was so persuasive because King effectively used rhetorical methods throughout his speech. From what I took from this speech, King was able to utilize every rhetorical method including pathos, logos, and ethos.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “I Have a Dream”, uses the emphasis of pathos throughout the duration of his speech. For example, he states true feelings that many people in our nation were feeling at that time, which brought out a strong sense of realness to his speech. The emotion that was expressed throughout was a key factor in the success and impact of Dr. King’s address to the nation. One of his many great quotes that I found important is follows: “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.”(King 2) The way that he uses the morale of the crowd to emphasize his beliefs, was a perfect way to get his points across. King used many rhetorical methods in his “I Have a Dream” speech to state his views and promote equality in the United States. Many injustices towards blacks were happening all around the country. Government services such as schools were segregated into separate black and white sanctioned schools that were far from equal. Logos, one of the three...
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