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Rhetoric Speech Analysis

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Desirae Priest

on 15 April 2016

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Transcript of Rhetoric Speech Analysis

I Have A Dream
By Martin Luther King Jr.
The Occasion, Audience, and Purpose
Occasion: King wrote this speech to showcase his beliefs that everyone deserves equal rights.
Audience: White government officials and the everyday white person.
Purpose: To promote racial equality and black rights.
Parallelism Example
" We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together..."
This is parallelism because the word "together" appears a lot at the end of each statement, which adds similarity to the aforementioned statement.
Pathos Example
" There will be neither rest nor tranquility 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 when justice emerges."
Rhetoric Speech Analysis
By: Desirae Priest
Logos Example
" America has given the negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds, and so we have come to cash this check."

This analogy uses logic to say that white people have a good, rich life, whereas the negro has the "poor" life.
This example is pathos because after this excerpt is read or said out loud the audience feels determined to work towards granting blacks civil rights.
Alliteration Example
" Rise from the dark and desolate...the marvelous new militancy...trials and tribulations
This example stands out for it's excessive use of consonance.
Repetition Example
" I have a dream"
King repeats these words to enforce his vision of the future and equality for all.
Dr. Martin Luther's Speech sparked a major change. His speech was the beginning of the civil rights movement for blacks to obtain citizenship rights as well as suffrage.
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