Beyond Vietnam A Time To Break Silence Analysis

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On 4th April 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech called “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence”, at a meeting of concerned clergy at Riverside Church in New York City, New York. The address was part of a conference held by CAL-CAV (Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam), an organization working to bring the war in Vietnam to an end. The speech mainly focuses on the war in Vietnam. The purpose of the speech is to make the clergy aware that the war is not only affecting Vietnam, but USA as well. He intended to stop the war as it harmed many people, including women and children, which could not be tolerated by the US. King starts off his speech by giving respect to the audience and to the church, which he is present in. He expresses his concerns about the war in Vietnam. The repetition of the word ‘delighted’ informs the listeners that he’s in a joyous mood and is about to present a good news in front of them. He then notifies the names of some honorable guests of the clergy, like ‘Dr. Bennett’, ‘Dr. Commager’ and ‘Rabbi Heschel’ who were considered to be some of the distinguished leaders and personalities of the USA. Mr. King Jr. describes the experience of preaching in the Riverside church as ‘Rich and Rewarding’, by using alliteration. This makes the listeners think that he’s pleased to be there, helping him gain the trust of the clergy.…show more content…
King Jr. informs the clergy that even he visits the church regularly by saying “Over the last eight years, I have had the privilege of preaching here almost every year in that period”. This indicates that even he is a preacher, thus making his speech seem a bit more credible. By using ethos, he makes his speech sounds more believable and gains the trust of the ministry. The speech is terrific and well

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