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Some literary terms found in MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Thanks to Aliza at Flocabulary.com for doing the heavy lifting and providing this wonderful lesson plan on this topic: (http://blog.flocabulary.com/i-have-a-dream-speech-analysis-lesson-plan/) Any errors found are my own.

NCHistory Group

on 12 February 2013

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Transcript of Some literary terms found in MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech

I Have a Dream... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr March on Washington August 1963 At the base of the
Lincoln Memorial Estimates say there were
200,000 - 300,000 marchers.
Whoa! LINCOLN! Very cool and symbolic... How did Dr. King do it? He truly believed in what he was saying
and he utilized many well known literary techniques to make his speech memorable. Anaphora Allusion Extended Metaphor Simile Personification Parallelism Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Five score
years ago... No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check that has come back marked "insufficient funds." This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. I have a dream...I have a dream...I have a dream...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. When I (eventually) write a speech,
I hope it will be as cool as this one.
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