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MLK Speech Analysis

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Michelle Martinez

on 13 February 2015

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Transcript of MLK Speech Analysis

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I have a dream today.. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
Metaphor/Allusion/Imagery
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."
Verses
Isaiah 40:4 (KJV): “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain….”

Isaiah 40:5 (KJV): "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
Parallelism
"With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."
Repetition/Anaphora
-Repetition is used when King says
"I have a dream today... I have a dream"
to stress the fact that he has a distinct vision of a future.
Michelle Marin, Miguel Lozano
Horvath/3
English II
3 February 2015

-This metaphor displays Dr. King's desire to ensure that every American has equal rights by lessening the struggles black people faced.
-King proclaims his faith as he quotes from the Bible and uses it to further validate his belief in the civil rights movement.
-Dr. King stresses his vision of unity in America by repeating the word "together."
"I HAve A Dream..." Analysis
Metaphor
Metaphor
Tone/Mood and Significant Diction
"This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with
.
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope."
"With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood"
-Throughout the speech Dr. King uses significant diction such as "dream", "glory", "hope", "faith", "beautiful", and "symphony" to create a hopeful and impassioned tone and mood. This tone emphasizes Dr. King's dream and the ultimate purpose of his speech.

-King utilizes a metaphor to explain the lack of hope among the Negros; however, it can be obtained through the use of the faith.
-Through the use of this metaphor, King conveys the process of transformation from "jangling discords" to "a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."
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