Martin Luther King, Jr was the leader of civil rights in the United States. He has dedicated his life to the struggle for the racial equality of African Americans. On August 28th, 1963, King gave one of his most influential speeches entitled “I Have A Dream.” The speech was a critical step toward the civil rights movement because, without it, King’s opinions of freedom and equality would never reach the hearts of his people, and they would never stand up as a whole to defend themselves.
During the speech, King successfully expressed his opinions and emotionally affected many listeners. This success came from his sensitive approach to the audience, his ingenious use of style, and his inspirational tone. Primarily, the speech was given publicly to a huge number of audiences of both live and televised. King was fully aware that in order to let his audience to favor his point of view, he has to be sensitive to them in every possible way.
First of all, King demonstrated sensitivity by selecting a universal topic: racial rights and freedom. This was an issue not only to the black community but also to the rest of the world. When King declared: “all of God’s children…sing, free at last”, it is evident that he included all the people: blacks and whites, in the matter of freedom, and therefore became more appealing to his audience. Furthermore, King tried to approach his audience through their emotions.
He described his vivid dreams in which blacks and whites are able to live together in harmony and peace. “I have a dream….” The audience was obviously deeply touched by these images, and they could all imagine what a new and joyous world they could be living in. King successfully achieved his emotive purpose through these words and bonded with the hearts of his audience. Lastly, King had given hope to his audience.
Martin Luther King, Jr delivered a historic speech, I Have a Dream’, to more than 250,000 people in August 1963. The speech took place at Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. His speech is still regarded as one of the most influential speeches that have ever presented. The way speech engages the audience is phenomenal. The speech depicts the struggle faced by African American people. King has referenced the American way of life to persuade his vision of equality for all American people. It has covered all the reasons that led America to the Civil Rights movement by using facts, emotions, and logic why all Americans must be given equal rights.
As the March of Washington gathered half a million people for the protest, King utilizes the march to have his voice heard. He referenced the fact that, Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation I Have a Dream, American Rhetoric (Martin Luther King). It helped to engage the audience to think that the need for the movement was crucial.
Not only it portrays the fact that racial discrimination has been still in position, but it would also still be an issue even after 100 years if any action against it is not taken. King supports his argument with an example of present segregation, and Negro’s unfortunate reality to be an exile in their own land and poverty. His credibility of presenting facts made himself someone to trust his words and the plans he has for ending racial discrimination.
King expressed his emotions throughout the speech. He talks about his children that would be directly be affected by discrimination. He says, his four children will one day live in a nation where they will not only be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character I Have a Dream, American Rhetoric (Martin Luther King). He makes himself vulnerable as his children would have to be defined for what they are not, that is with their color of skin instead of the character and their ability to bring positiveness to society.
He feels the joy to deliver the speech in front of the people that mattered to him. He brings the founding fathers of America and their way to American life, liberties, and pursuit of happiness have failed and have impacted most people on their own land. King states that all men, yes all black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights I have a Dream, American Rhetoric (Martin Luther King).
Using phrases such as and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together proves that he is a faithful man and is trying to look up for the people. Martin Luther King seems to be knowledgeable about what is the way America should have been. Mentioning as many sources and deliver them in such a tone that everyone would feel energetic has made himself believable.
Mentioning the declaration of independence, he makes sure that he is not only referencing black people, but also white people who wanted independence from Great Britain and had to fight for it. He adds powerful words and emotions such as this is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take a tranquilizing drug of gradualism I have a Dream, American Rhetoric (Martin Luther King).
Dr. King has used many logical explanations for the speech as well. To articulate his speech, he’s used many facts and scenarios to provide logic to his dream. He says the marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people I have a Dream, American Rhetoric (Martin Luther King), claiming that all white people are not as bad and are to be stereotyped as a discriminator.
He respects and understands what the audience wants, equality, however, he doesn’t let the situation drive as a hate speech. He proceeds by stating that some white people have realized what they have done and are ready to fight for their freedom. King also references that black people have been given a bad check having insufficient funds. This analogy has made people think that the issue has already been addressed however hasn’t been implemented.
King tries to unite the nation rather than dividing people into a group where they fight with themselves. His logical explanation such as, we cannot walk alone, and as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead, we cannot turn back I have a Dream, American Rhetoric (Martin Luther King) makes a large amount of audience calm down of the situation and proceed with peace and precautions.
It’s phenomenal when King could use his words to manipulate the audience’s mind for good. He also gives an example of saying the dream is to enable equality where black boys and black girls will be able to study and play with white brothers and sisters. In conclusion, a speech I have a Dream by Martin Luther King was presented in a way that engaged the audience with passion, energy, and logic.
The speech had a significant amount of rhetoric devices such as ethos, logos, and pathos to articulate King’s dream about ending racial discrimination. King has not only presented many facts, he has used emotions and logic to prove his emotion how he is someone trustworthy and how he can guide American people to freedom. He refers to American freedom as not only black people’s dream but also tried to engage white people’s feelings and their contribution towards the freedom of all Americans.
“I have a dream” speech was given by Martin Luther King on 28th August 1963. There was an audience of about 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington where the speech was given. This speech was mainly based on the freedom for the blacks referred to as Negros.
He was much concerned about the oppression and exploitation of the black Americans at that time and he wished that people would understand that they were all equal. Unfortunately, Martin Luther King was assassinated on the 4th of April 1968 when he was thirty-nine years old. However, Martin Luther King left a legacy and is remembered on Martin Luther King Day every year.
In the course of delivering his speech, Martin Luther King said, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (King speeches 1). This statement as he said has remained in our times and this is what has been happening all over the world.
People are fighting for their freedom. He viewed it as an end to all oppression that was continuously being witnessed. This is a sign of a new life of freedom and equality. Since he was a theologian, Martin Luther King addressed many injustices according to the Bible. Martin Luther King was enlightened and was tired of seeing blacks being exploited. He saw that the blacks were enslaved by the whites and yet they were helping them. He said,
One hundred years later, the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. (Speech 1)
Today many people are being exploited because of their race, tribe, and even their origin. Many are living in poverty in the midst of the rich. Martin Luther King had spoken about this in his speech. He regretted that even after the country got a constitution; it did not accomplish the purpose it was meant to accomplish: “This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (Speech 1).
This is a fact even in today’s society. Many countries have constitutions made up so as to bring about justice to the people. However, it is very unfortunate because many people are experiencing injustice in form of labor, race, and tribe. Martin Luther King said that “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment” (Speech 1). This signifies that it was a matter that needed to be addressed in urgency; otherwise, it would bring great destruction to the society at large. The same applies to the world today.
If nations do not put away their differences it may lead to great losses to many people, for instance, the mass killings which were witnessed in Rwanda, Yugoslavia, and even currently the conflicts in the Middle East are consequences of injustices not being addressed urgently (United Human Rights Council 1).
Martin Luther King said that he had a dream, that every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low meaning that he hoped for a future with equality. This is believed to have become the reality of the dream when black American Barack Obama became the president of America. Although the speech is of great significance in our society today critics say that King was excessively rhetorical and that he did not provide a way to solve the many problems he addressed.
Others say that some of his work in his doctoral dissertation was plagiarized. This was followed by other responses that disagreed with the statement and said that it had nothing to do with his contribution to the civil rights movement (E-notes 1). Martin Luther King’s Speech remains important in modern society. It consists of well-founded goals which if well addressed will take many countries up the ladder. However, critics will always be there to search for the wrongs.
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. presented his speech advocating for the freedom and equality of all races in front of over 250,000 people. His “I Have A Dream” speech became widely known for demonstrating the power of rhetoric that left an impact on America. Through the use of allusions, metaphors, and repetition, King was able to influence Americans to finally see that all men are created equal.
Drawing upon years of public speaking experience, King knew an emotional speech would have a greater impact upon a large, outdoor crowd rather than a political one. By making allusions to the Declaration of Independence by citing “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and “we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” He was able to specifically appeal to listeners’ patriotism.
America should embody freedom and symbolize a time of new beginnings. Although the American dream is freedom and justice and liberty for all, it was not true for African Americans during the time. He reminds people about the foundations and morals of which America was built and stresses the importance of an individual’s human rights. He states that beneath skin color, we are all the same. We are all human. By alluding to the Declaration, King is able to present a beautiful and compelling vision of equality.
Dr. King uses metaphors to help explain to the audience the need for equality for all races. He elaborates his argument about the lack of civil rights in a banking metaphor: “America has given the N* people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’ But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.”
Through his metaphor, he suggests that people come to America in order to gain opportunities at a better chance at life however, people of color are unable to do so due to the unjust laws. He himself along with other African Americans refuses to accept this fate and abide by the unfair rules placed by people who do not understand what it feels like to be judged before even opening their mouth and uttering a sound.
He believes that there is hope for the country and that America has room to change and grow however, in order to so, people must speak up. Everywhere in King’s speech, there is a demonstration of some sort of call to action. King wants people to realize how unfair the system is and that they should not allow for it to continue. In a nation of unjust laws, he encourages people to rise up and demonstrate their freedom.
Throughout his speech, King repeats certain phrases such as “we can never be satisfied”, “let freedom ring”, and most the most iconic “I have a dream”. The intensity of King’s speech is built through bold statements and rhythmic repetition. Each repetition builds on the one before and is reinforced by Martin Luther King’s increasing passion. The phrase resonates with the listener and leaves them with ideas that they will easily remember. As the speech comes to a close, the pace of his repetition increases, helping to build to a crescendo.
Be the change you want to see in the world. In order for there to be a change, people have to step up and discuss the topics that deserved to be talked about; and that is exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. did. He was a remarkable man that inspired thousands. He was not afraid to confront the problems at hand and figure out ways to change them and he encouraged others to do the same. King’s words and actions were able to make a mark in America and change history. His message of equality is still heard in our society today.
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Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was arguably the most effective speech of the time. In a period where so few were willing to listen, he stood and gathered the attention of even those with heavily plastered ears. He fought, not only for African American rights but for equal rights to all. In doing so, he brought minorities of different backgrounds together. They formed his army. He provided hope, comfort, and assurance to them. But no matter the strength of their army, their situation continued.
The nation was aware, but the circumstances hadn’t improved. Martin put together a speech with the hopes that all would consider his heartache. He intended for all to hear him at the Lincoln Memorial, while memories of Abraham Lincoln and his large push for the black community were at the surface of everyone’s mind. His incredible use of research, knowledge, and personal experience is what arranged the minds of those who heard him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that day. His use of rhetoric appeal is what makes this speech so effective.
Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was arguably the most effective speech of ALL time. In a period where so few were willing to listen, he stood and gathered the attention of even those with heavily plastered ears. He fought, not only for African American rights but for equal rights FOR all. In doing so, he brought minorities of different backgrounds together. They formed his army [THIS IS THE WRONG WORD TO CHOOSE WHEN DISCUSSING A PACIFIST]. He provided hope, comfort, and assurance to them. But no matter the strength of their NUMBERS, their situation continued.
The nation was aware OF THEIR PLIGHT, but theIR circumstances hadn’t improved. KING [UNLESS YOU KNEW HIM PERSONALLY, YOU NEED THE IMPERSONAL SURNAME] put together a speech with the HOPE that all would consider his heartache. He intended for all to hear him at the Lincoln Memorial, WHERE memories of Abraham Lincoln and his large push for the black community were at the FOREFRONT of everyone’s mind. His incredible use of research, knowledge, and personal experience is what CHANGED the minds of those who heard him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that day. His use of rhetoric appeal is ALSO what makes this speech so effective.
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Martin Luther King Jr. made a speech called “I have a dream”. The meaning of his speech is that all people are created equal and, although not the case in America at the time, Martin felt it must be the law in the future. He argued passionately and powerfully. Martin’s speech was well researched. To prepare for his speech he studied the Bible, The Gettysburg Address, and the US Declaration of Independence. In the first half of his speech, Martin talks about the American nightmare of racial injustice.
In the second half of the speech, he talks about his dream of a better future of racial harmony and integration. Three things added to the impact of the speech: the emotion of Martin’s delivery in terms of his voice and body language, and the place that the speech was taken place which was on the memorial of the president who defeated southern states over the issue of slavery.
Answer. “I have a dream speech”
More than 40 years ago, in August 1963, Martin Luther King electrified America with his momentous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, dramatically delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His soaring rhetoric demanding racial justice and an integrated society became a mantra for the black community and are as familiar to subsequent generations of Americans as the US Declaration of Independence.
His words proved to be a touchstone for understanding the social and political upheaval of the time and gave the nation a vocabulary to express what was happening. The key message in the speech is that all people are created equal and, although not the case in America at the time, King felt it must be the case for the future. He argued passionately and powerfully.