I Have a Dream Analytical Essay

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Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream,” Speech|
An Analytical Essay
By : Mena

There are days in our world where turmoil, oppression, and bafflement dominate a city, a country, a continent. In times like so, we seek a leader, a speaker, an awakener, to fuse all puddles into a great body of water. In 1963, the United States was separated into African Americans and whites. It was a time where whites claimed superior over blacks and other minorities. During this time in history, blacks and other minorities were emotionally and physically damaged. But that was only temporary. Out of all the depression and darkness, came light. The light that would set a mark in history, and implant the idea of change and hope in the hearts of many; that light, that hero was Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta Georgia on January 15, 1929, to Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King, not knowing that one day he will capture the hearts of many in the United States. He dedicated his life for fighting for the freedom and rights of African Americans. His phenomenal “I Have a Dream,” Speech, was attended by a profuse 250,000 people, and it certainly made a change in this world. This awe-inspiring speech is studied by millions of students each year. His use of imagery and rhetorical techniques has riveted all of us, and it is certainly an epitome of eloquent and superlative oratory. His message beyond all has shaken us; it shook African Americans to hope for a better future, and for whites to re-think what they have done. With the use of imagery, rhetorical techniques, and a vivid and meaningful message, Martin Luther King has created one of the best speeches ever given in history.

Martin Luther King has many themes and messages in his speech that make it truly meaningful. His most important messages are: equality and freedom among all people, determination and fighting for your rights, and hope and dreams for a better future. Firstly, all people are equal is a reoccurring theme and message. He starts off his speech and says that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed to ensure the diminishment of slavery. He then says that one hundred years later, they are still not free. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” In these few sentences, he says that the Constitution and Declaration of Independence state that all men are equal. He then goes on to say that this is not happening nowadays, and that African Americans are suffering and that they are being treated brutally. He believed that all people are created equal, and that they should be treated fairly regardless of race. Even though it seemed that this racial injustice would never end, he had hope that one day it will come to an end. He insists that justice and equality should reign and become powerful, and that it is unnecessary for African Americans to be treated cruelly. Every person has the right to live freely, and they should not be oppressed for no reason. Secondly, determination and fighting for your rights is an evident message in his speech. “As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.” King fervently encourages African Americans to unite and be determined when fighting for their rights. He says that they should never turn back or re-think for a moment of quitting. They should “march ahead,” and not let anything get in their way of gaining what is rightfully theirs. “There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police...
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