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On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most influential speeches in literary history. The speech titled "I Have a Dream" was delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on the hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was created to address some main problems of the time: true freedom, civil rights, and to bring an end to racism. This speech was an important step in the civil rights movement, with out it many of people wouldn't of been inspired to take their own steps to end the injustice that was running rampant in the United States. King used the Ethos appeal to show his credibility and knowledge. He uses information from universally accepted pieces of legislation (Emancipation Proclamation, Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution) to provide information to prove his points. (Ramirez) For example, "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation.”(King, stanza 2)
Throughout the speech King effectively uses
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A few examples are: Towards the end of the speech King uses repetition to drive home just how passionate he is by repeating the phrases "Let freedom ring...", and "I have a dream...". In the original spoken version by Dr. King himself, he uses aposiopesis to draw listeners in as evident in the line, "I have a dream that one day this 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.' ". (King, stanza 14) King also uses allusion to draw a parallel to another great speech to strengthen his argument that we all have a collective national ancestry. "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation." (King, stanza

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