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“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most memorable speeches of all time. It is worthy of lengthy study as we can all learn speechwriting skills from King’s historic masterpiece. Martin Luther Kings Speech " I have a dream" is a very touching speech which expresses freedom and equality to its audience. The greatness of this speech is tied to its historical content. In this essay I will investigate and explore how Martin Luther King Emphasises various phrases, His repetition throughout the speech, Highlight his use of metaphors, portray his use of paralinguistic features, How he expresses emotive language and explain the rhythm of the poem. I will use several Phrases and words to show his use of tone, imagery ,structure and theme. In this essay I will try to portray Martin Luther Kings thirst for freedom and equality.

Martin Luther King emphasises many phrases by repeating at the beginning of sentences. He says "I have a dream" many consecutive times throughout the poem. This is an example of anaphora. This phrase shows martin uses triadic structure to make the speech more significant .Instead of using "I" he often uses we to make the audience apart of his speech .. Martin also links words and sentences by using informal words at the beginning of sentences such as "and" and "but". Majority of the audience will most likely not pay attention to these words but these words would wake up the audience to get them more involved in the speech.

Throughout the speech Repetition is used to show people the main primary theme of the speech which is freedom. Freedom occurs in the speech about 20 times. He repeats word and phrases in his speech so the audience can come to know what he wants. He repeats the word "I have a dream" so people could understand his main purpose of standing in front of his audience. Words such us "negro", "we", "nation" are repeated to show the audience who is apart of his speech and...
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