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"I Have A Dream" Speech Analysis

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Trey Foscue

on 7 October 2014

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"I Have A Dream" Speech Analysis
- Martin Luther describes the phrase that America was built on, "All Men, deserve Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". He shows that this is not the case for African-Americans.
The speech was performed by Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther was speaking to civil rights supporters in Washington, DC at the Lincoln Memorial.
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered this speech in a time of great civil unrest and increasing racial tensions.
"I Have a Dream"
Martin Luther King Jr.
This speech is so remarkable because it marks the beginning of the end of racial segregation and discrimination.It is still revered because of its impact on the fight against racism.
The speech was obviously very popular with the audience, judging from the clapping and praise following the speech.
- Martin Luther was a respected minister, and then became a world-renowned civil rights activist. His demonstrations and speeches laid the foundation for racial equality.

- Martin Luther's powerful words roused and awed the crowd. His speech inspired people to challenge the segregation of the time. He aslo stirred up sadness in people, describing the horrible mistreatment that African-Americans were suffering from.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a very passionate tone while talking about freedom from segregation. he mentions his children a lot, showing that this issue is very real to him.
Martin Luther creates a very optimistic mood, making the audience feel that they can make a difference in the fight for equality.
We would rate the effectiveness of this speech a nine out of ten. The crowd, and the world's response to the speech proves just how effective it was, in combination with other speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther delivered this speech in a time of great unrest, and it convinced many that things needed to change in the United States.
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"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
He puts the idea of color/content and skin/character in contrast.
"5 years ago, a great American... singed the Emancipation Proclamation."
King's speech points to references built with heavily emotions.

"I have a dream."
The repetition of the phrase throughout the speech.
"The Emancipation Proclamation came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity." = Hard-hitting emotional bomb.


"We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together…"
Same sentence structure providing a memorable rhythm
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