Essay on Martin Luther King Jr: I Have a Dream Speech Critique

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This speech took place on August 28, 1963 millions of citizens, children, law and policy makers attended while 250,000 watched on TV as a Baptist Preacher ,a Boston University Graduate Dr, Martin Luther King stood behind a podium. He established an immediate rapport with an ever changing audience and communicated on a meaningful level, by appealing to moral conscience of Americans standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He gave the rhetorical demands that racial justice no longer shall people be divided by race or religion. Although at the time it wasn't the case, it was a future vision that " all people are created equal" ( M.L.K.) The central Idea or purpose of his speech was and is to
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In this speech the two Antithesis that I chose were " I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in nation where they will not judge by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today". the other being " It came as the joyous day break to end the long night of their captivity".(M.L.K.) The parallel construction in the speech would be " This is our faith", and "Let Freedom ring".While throughout the whole speech King maintained strong eye contact and delivered a powerful meaning and understanding for the social and political upheaval of the time. King used volume and tone to emphasize the important parts of his speech that he wanted you to remember and pay attention to. King would get louder when he hit a part of the speech that he was passionate about. The themes are Freedom, we,our,you, nation, America, Justice and Injustice and Dream King uses in his speech to divide