Mlk Jr Critique

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I Have A Dream- Martin Luther King Jr.
At least once in our life time, we have listened to a speech, or have been asked to give a speech to an audience. At the end of a speech, one either leaves his or her audience convinced and satisfied about the issues addressed or unsatisfied. Speakers use different stylistic techniques to relay their message to the audience. The techniques help the audience understand better what the speech is about. Martin Luther King Jr. is recognized as one of the best speakers because of his use of stylistic techniques to enhance his speeches. King's "I Have a Dream" speech is one of the memorable speeches in the American history. King uses choice words to contrast the racial situation in the country in the past and present to what is expected in the future. He uses negative words, like "captivity," "poverty," "exile," "persecution" and "despair" to describe the past and present lives of African-Americans. These words show that African-Americans have no freedom and are poor because of racial discrimination. On the other hand, King shows that there is hope for change in the future when he uses positive words, such as "freedom," "justice," 'faith" and "hope." With the positive words, he gives African-Americans hope that in the future they will be united with the whites and there will come an end to racial injustice and oppression. The repetition King uses in his speech plays a great role in emphasizing his ideas. He repeats the words "One hundred years later" to stress that there is no change in the lives of African-Americans one hundred years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves. For example the speech notes, "one hundred years later we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free" and "one hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of the vast ocean material prosperity." These two statements show that there is still no change after such...
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