I Have A Dream Rhetorical Devices

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Darreontae Moore Mrs. White As Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” in Washington D.C. he bought forward major key points and issues. In his speech he talked about the one important issue of racism and equality for all people. He effectively pointed out the issue with historic documents, repetition, and metaphor to evoke the emotions out of the audience. This influences his audience towards wanting equality and changing their present so that it won’t happen in the future. The three major points I will discuss in this paper is Martin Luther King Jr. usage of historic documents, repetition, and metaphor to instill in the audience the take away message of the entire speech. In his speech “I Have A Dream” the historic documents he used was from the constitution, amendments, and the civil rights laws that stated all men and women no matter the color of their skin was to be treated equal. Including having the equal opportunity as whites did in that time period. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit to happiness was not only meant for whites but for African Americans too. Martin Luther King Jr. also made references to the bible to ensure that his words weren’t misunderstood to go…show more content…
Repetition is the act of saying something over and over again. Just like Martin Luther King Jr. did in his speech with the repeating of “I Have a Dream...” it is said that he did that to give his audience and listeners hope that one day a change would eventually come. This hope was that they would one day be treated as equals and walk side by side with the all other races. King uses the phrase "I have a dream today”, multiple times in his speech. This statement was probably spoken with great emphasis since it gave the listeners the desire to change "today" instead of continuing to be discriminated against. With strongly emphasized on these words it earned itself the title "I Have a
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