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" I Have a Dream " by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Heaven Carrazco

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Transcript of " I Have a Dream " by Martin Luther King Jr.

" I Have a Dream " by Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact of pathos throughout his speech has the effect of leaving the audience, empowered, determined, and grateful. Throughout his speech, his audience responds to him by applauding with agreement.
Impact of Pathos
Martin Luther King, Jr. uses Ethos in the beginning of his famous, I Have a Dream Speech, to achieve the audience to feel as they are fighting with many other famous Americans, such as the Founding Fathers and Abe Lincoln. Since, many Americans trust those famous men, they trust Martin Luther King, Jr., and they respect him.
Impact of Ethos
" One hundred years later the negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the negro is still crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
In Martin Luther King Jr's speech " I have dream". Martin Luther uses repetition on the phrase, "one hundred years later" to show that African americans have not be equal to the whites for 100 years even when the Emancipation proclamation was signed by the president of the united states 105 years ago. The African American people are segregated and treated by most white communities harshly.
Logos example 1
In his famous,
I Have A Dream
speech, Martin Luther King Jr.'s uses ethos in the beginning of the speech, in the second paragraph. "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation." (King) This shows that a president that every American knows about, also fought for black equality. Abe Lincoln is a president that many people look up to as a role model, and by using him, the audience feel like they are
fighting for the same reason.
Ethos Example #1
In the beginning of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech he states, "Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. (My Lord) Now is the time to
rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation
to the
sunlit path of racial justice.
Now is the time [applause] to
lift our nation from the quick sands of racial justice to the solid rock of brotherhood
. Now is the time to make justice reality for all of God's children." (King) His use of imagery allows the audience to visualize there is an end to this troubled time. He conveys pathos because the audience feels empowered to take action because, "Now is the time"
Pathos Example #1
"When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence. They were singing a promissory note to which every American was fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed to the "Unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and Happiness ".

This use of Logos in Martin Luther's Speech shows the people a fact of what has not actually took effect to every African American person, or every colored person in the United States.

Logos Example 2
"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.' It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned." This shows that the Founding Fathers of our Country wanted everyone to be equal. Since most Americans praise the Declaration of Independence, this makes Americans feel like its a moral duty to enforce the statements written in the famous document, that made the USA
Ethos Example #2
Further along in his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. claims, "There will be neither rest nor
in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The
whirlwinds of revolt
will continue to
shake the foundations of our nation
until the
bright day of justice emerges
." (King) His use of diction emphasizes how hard they will work for their freedom. He conveys pathos because the audience feels determined to work to be granted their rights.
Pathos Example #2
When he states, “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds. And so we have came to cash this check". (king) His analogy is using logos as a form of reasoning. He reasons that everyone understands money and that the listener is able to relate to being handed a bad check. when the white people are being handed good checks.
Logos Example 3
"We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now." He point out the location of the speech because he considers it holy and finds the Lincoln Memorial fitting for the situation, for Lincoln also fought for equal rights of blacks. The word "hallowed" makes the audience feel apart of the fight for rights, since they are all in a holy location.
Ethos Example #3
Towards the end of his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. announced, "The marvelous new militancy, which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny [
] is tied up with our destiny, [
] and they have come to realize their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone." (King) In this section of his speech, he begins with a primarily long statement, filled with description. Then he ends it with a very short statement. Martin Luther King Jr. did this for emphasis. The audience now feels gratitude toward all of the people by their side .
Pathos Example #3
Presentation By: Dezmond Odoms, Trevor Devlin, and Heaven Carrazco
Argument: Martin Luther King Jr.'s overall argument is that black people should be given equal rights, respect, that they clearly have the rights for.
Conclusion: Pathos is the rhetorical appeal that was the most effect due to the audiences' multiple applause, and cheers conveying they agree with him.
Martin Luther king uses logos through out his whole speech, "I have a Dream". To make the audience know that they have not been given equal opportunities, equal rights, and the respect that the white people get. Even though that they were promised from birth by the founding fathers that "all men are created equal". that every american citizen is equal. The impact of logos makes the more African americans support what he is saying, and which eventually leads to what we have today.
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