Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream”

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream”, is a speech that will be remembered forever in history. Not only for the message that was given, but also for the way it was given. This speech has many aspects of what makes a great speech. Viewing Dr. King’s speech was an excellent way to see how a great speech should be conducted. I am now going to discuss the use of repetition and metaphors in Dr. King’s speech. I will give a clear definition of what repetition and metaphors are and how the use of them aided in Martin Luther King Jr.‘s speech “I Have a Dream”.

One aspect that was very prominent in this speech was repetition. The use of repetition in a speech is repeating single words or a series of words. When we use repetition in public speaking it will help the audience retain the information being presented. Use the same or similar words to connect your ideas together. Repeating your main ideas will keep reminding the audience of the concepts they are being informed about. Putting the repeated word or phrase at the beginning of the sentence is very effective as well as repeating the words in a patter form.

Martin Luther King Jr. used repetition many times throughout his speech. It emphasized the impact his message had on the people, making it very powerful. He used repetition of single words such as “freedom”, “we”, and “our”. These words are all tied in to the main topic of his speech. Also, Dr. King repeated phrases such as “now is the time”, “one hundred years”, and “I have a dream”. He had a pattern in his use of repetition. He repeated it more than two times, making it even more of an impact.

Another aspect that was used in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech was metaphors. A metaphor is the comparison of an object or thought without using the words “like” or “as”. Metaphors can create a vivid image, connecting the audience emotionally to the message being presented. This is also a great tool in a persuasive speech because it can have a strong...
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