It says, “But 100 years later the Negro still is not free…One hundred years later the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land.” He wants to let us know that nothing had changed over the year. Although, it says, “Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, … knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.” We can hear the hope in this part of the speech. These rhetorical strategies help King meet his purpose of uniting black and white in the struggle for equality. The effect of King’s use of these rhetorical strategies on the audience made them a human being, make them feel sorry for black people and change their mind about discrimination.
In conclusion, the successful achievement by fighting for the African-American civil rights make a historical change in the American society making everyone equal. By using some rhetorical strategies as metaphors, smiles, anaphora, repetition and dark/light imagery make King’s speeches worth it. King give us a lesson of life if you want something you might fight for it and there would be times in which you are not going to succeed but you should never give up, keep trying until the