Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream Speech

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“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and love can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word”- Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout history, everyday life has been plagued by the atrocious color barrier that, despite incredible strides, has continued to exist. No man did more to eradicate this senseless and blind racism than Martin Luther King Jr. Through the many different forms that he chose to fight for civil rights and general peace among all, his speech was the platform that transcended him from everyday activist to enduring martyr. The speech under analyzation is King’s I Have a Dream speech. I Have a Dream…show more content…
King was a visionary who, through the likes of this speech, gave a profoundly intolerant country the spoken word needed to get on the right track of racial justice, social equality, and overall harmony among all. Through flawless delivery, soaring rhetoric, frequent repetition, and striking visual imagery, Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech envisions racial equality and harmony and is one of the most effective speeches given in recent history. Throughout this entire speech it is very evident that King has a particularly powerful point to get across. The speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963. The speech begins, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation”.() The first sentence of this speech should be interpreted as a historical comparison of the first attempt to rid the country of slavery to the situation of King’s time involving continuous racial inequality and segregation. By discussing Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation as a beginning point and
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