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Literary Examples in Famous Speeches

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Tatum Lee

on 30 January 2014

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Transcript of Literary Examples in Famous Speeches

Literary Examples in Famous Speeches
The rule of three says that things seem more appealing when written or spoken in groups of threes.

A rhetorical question is a question that is asked without the asker expecting an answer, or when the answer is already known by the audience.
Song by John Lennon
Speech by Martin Luther King
"I Have a Dream"
From George Orwell's
Animal Farm
Old Major's Speech
"Our lives are miserable, laborious, and short."

"This single farm of ours would support a dozen horses, twenty cows, hundreds of sheep--"

These uses of the rule of three give an impact to the injustices the animals have lived under and the hypothetical prosperity that is possible.
Examples of the Rule of Three
Dr. King uses the Rule of Three when he gives groups of 3 sentences starting with "I have a dream that..."

For example: "I have a dream that one day this nation will...
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia...
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi..."
Examples of the Rule of Three
"Imagine there's no heaven...Imagine there's no countries...Imagine no possessions..."

John Lennon says "Imagine" at the beginning of his three verses to reinstate the point of his song, and to help get his message across.
Examples of the Rule of Three
"Is it not crystal clear then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?"

"Why then do we continue in this miserable

These uses of rhetorical questions give a stronger effect to the wrong doings the animals have suffered.
Examples of Rhetorical Questions
"When will you be satisfied?"

"Now, what does this all mean in this great period of history?"

Martin Luther King uses rhetorical questions to make a point and to make others think about what he says.
Examples of Rhetorical Questions
By Abby Dugan and Tatum Lee
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