Mlk Allusion

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Throughout history many great individuals have given speeches that will live on for years to come and forever be remembered as something great and noteworthy. Whether these speeches be, inaugural addresses, dedications, farewell addresses, or war messages, these certain speeches are remembered and never forgotten, destined to withstand the test of time and society. One of the most well-known speeches, which resonate throughout the world, is President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, given on November 19, 1863 dedicating the Gettysburg Battlefield to the fallen soldiers. Another timeless speech is The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. I Have a Dream, which he delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.…show more content…
Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of the most memorial and thought provoking speeches in the history of the world. Dr. King used the techniques of allusion and repetition of words in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States. Using repetition of words Dr. King states, “Go back to Mississippi, and go back to Alabama. Go back to South Carolina. Go back to Louisiana….” (292). Dr. King emphasizes that one day the situation of racism in the United States will change. Not only does Dr. King use repetition of words to gain emphasis but he also uses allusion, specifically biblical allusion to enhance his speech and explain to the crowd of 250,000 that one day racism will no longer exist. Dr. King explains, “Five score years ago…” this biblical terminology no doubt is a reference to when President Abraham Lincoln used the same biblical language one hundred years earlier. Dr. King also states, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” (291). This also alludes to the “cup of bitterness” that Jesus Christ spoke of in the book of Matthew. By using these two literary techniques The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of the most powerful and thought provoking speeches of the 20th century. A speech that will live on in the minds and hearts of people around the globe for decades to
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