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"I Have a Dream Speech"

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Kristen Daugherty

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Transcript of "I Have a Dream Speech"

Kristen Daugherty
1st period 2/15/13 Allusions Repetition Conclusion In Martin Luther King JR.'s "I have a Dream " Speech there are many examples of allusions in many different forms. From logical to emotional to ethical, they are found throughout the speech. Along with allusions there are examples of repetition found throughout the speech. Both allusion and repetition help show his thoughts in the speech. In the Speech "I Have a Dream" there are three different types of allusions, logical, ethical and emotional. An example of a logical allusion is "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation." This allusion is designed to remind people that Abraham Lincoln wanted the African Americans to have the same rights as us. "Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will change." this is an example of an ethical allusion. It shows how wrong the situation the African Americans have to live with. An example of an emotional allusion is "One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination." This allusion alludes to the time when African Americans were actually bound. He is playing o the emotions of the people who have heard the memories of ancestors who were slaves. There are many examples of repetition throughout the speech that get a different point across. The repetition of "I have a dream that one day....." says that these are the improvements that he wants to happen. Also the repetition of the first part tells us that he is still talking about it and has not wandered of onto a different subject. Another example is the repetition of "Let freedom ring from..." He is saying that freedom will be in Colorado and Georgia and all the states. Throughout the entire speech Martin Luther King JR. uses allusions to get his points across and to attract people who feel the same way. He uses many different types of allusions but they all have the same purpose. He also uses repetition to make what he says stick. Thank you!!!!!! "I Have a Dream"
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