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"I Have a Dream" Speech Analysis

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McKenna Barlow

on 27 February 2013

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Transcript of "I Have a Dream" Speech Analysis

By: McKenna Barlow Martin Luther King Jr. Had a Dream.. Conclusion Many examples of repetition are used throughout the "I Have a Dream" speech. In the first lines, the phrase "I have a dream" is repeated constantly. This creates a powerful tone that Dr. King uses while speaking. He is emphasizing his point through that line. Repetition Logical Allusions "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." These words of King's portray his ambitious dreams for his children. He includes his own children in his speech to make it more emotional. He was tired of his kids being degraded by their bias peers. King wanted to share his dream with the people to help them realize that they all share the same dream. Emotional Allusions In addition, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was
an excellent advocate for the Civil Rights Movement, and he wasn't afraid to speak his
mind. His continuous use of repetition embellished his thoughts. He tried to find the right allusions to
persuade the people of America that they are being extremely prejudice. He used his ambition to lead him to success- no matter what the cost. Martin Luther King wanted nothing more than to be free. He wanted all African Americans to be united with the whites, and to end segregation. What He Uses In the speech "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many uses of logical, ethical, and emotional allusions and repetition are used to persuade the reader/crowd about the importance of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a very strong advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, being one himself. Throughout his speech, King explains his ambitious dreams for the South. I have a dream I have a dream I have a dream Another example of repetition that is used is the line "let freedom ring." This line is part of the famous anthem, "America the Beautiful." King uses this phrase to emphasize that our early leaders declared that everyone shall have liberty and freedom in the United States of America. He is pointing out how wrong segregation is. In one section of his speech, Dr. King uses a logical allusion to relate the prejudice that they (the African- Americans) are up against. He explains that America has given them a "bad check" with insufficient funds. He says one line to back up this statement, "we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt...and that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity in this nation." King persuades the crowd by exemplifying how unfair the nation has treated them. Ethical Allusions Abraham Lincoln was the most famous leader of the whole "abolish slavery" concept, so of course Dr. King used this great American's document, the Emancipation Proclamation, to signify his hopes. This paper marked the end of all slavery in the United States. It gave hope to millions of slaves. King includes in his speech, though, that they are still not free. Other white Americans have treated the African-Americans unjustly and harshly. He speaks out to remind the crowd that we are all human, and we should be treated equally, and humanly as possible. "Free at last! Free at last! Thank
God Almighty, we are free at last!" THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.
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