I Have A Dream
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave a speech titled, “I Have a Dream.” The very title of his speech, “I Have a Dream” was probably taken from his true desire, which is present throughout his speech. “I have a dream that one day the 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.”(531) The next verses of King’s speech repeated the words, “I have a dream,” which helped arouse emotion in his audience and give them hope. The hope was that they would one day be treated as equals and walk side by side with all other races. The black race stood there that day, listening to his speech, wanting the dream King talked about, but did they accept his words? Statistics today show that the Negros are still in the same place as they were years ago still in the slums, filling up most of the jails and prisons, on welfare and not working; protesting and claiming that it is all because they do not have the same choices and equality as the white race. Everybody has dreams, but not every one of them will come true. The different rhetorical devices, allusions to historic documents, and metaphors seemed to have brought about the emotions that King was trying arouse in his listeners. This helped him influence his listeners to want equality for all and change what was happening in the present so that they did not repeat things from the past. In his speech, King proclaimed a free and better nation of equality, and that both races, the blacks and the whites, should join together to achieve common ground and to support each other instead of fighting against one another. But can this dream really come true? Will blacks and whites of today and in the future let such a thing as racism go away? Will they be able to understand each other and see eye to eye? What was the main purpose of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech? It...
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