One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speeches “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” was delivered back in April 3, 1968 to the people at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. In his speech, King was still strong in his fight to end racism and push forward as he shares his plans with the people of Memphis. Clearly, he is confident in what he is saying in his speech and can easily persuade his followers to listen and confide in what he is telling them. Instilling confidence and hope in his followers was what he needed to keep his marches and protests going and knew that being persuasive was key to reaching his goal of ending segregation. Three examples that King uses to persuade his audience is by appealing to their emotions, using repetition in his lines, and using logic to show and share his knowledge. King uses these terms to his advantage in order to be very persuasive and to keep his audience interested and more importantly, be able to relate to their everyday lives. The one thing that King uses with all his methods of being persuasive is his tone. He uses a strong, loud voice that can be heard that shows his confidence in what he is saying which will immediately draw in the attention of the audience. Using emotion to be persuasive might just the easiest way to grab the audiences’ attention and help them relate to what is being said. King uses emotion throughout his entire speech and there is no doubt that it may cause one to become very emotional such as sad, upset, angry, humorous or could really get someone fired up and ready to take action right along side him. King said in his speech ,” Now we're going to march again, and we've got to march again, in order to put the issue where it is supposed to be and force everybody to see that there are thirteen hundred of God's children here suffering sometimes going hungry, going through dark and dreary nights wondering how this thing is going to come out“ (Paragraph 18). His use of emotion lets his followers know that he too is just a normal African American man who wants to make a difference and he surely lets the audience know that he wants to do this together, and not just be a leader. Emotion is really brought out towards the end of King’s speech when he brings up his recent near death experience about being stabbed at a book signing by a “demented black woman” (King Paragraph 40). She had stabbed him and he was rushed to the hospital and the x-rays showed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of his aorta which is the main artery, and if that had been punctured then he would have bled to death. (King, Paragraph 18) King uses his personal story to relate to his audience because there is tons of people everyday that have near death experiences just like he had, and this appeals strongly to emotions. The use of repetition is another tactic that King uses to keep his audience and persuade them. Using repetition is something that keeps repeating and so it will naturally stay in ones head longer which is probably why King chose to use this method. In the beginning of his speech, he begins taking his audience back in time and during this is when he first uses his repetition. “But I wouldn’t stop there” (King Paragraphs 3-8). King uses this quote in order to keep telling his audience about all the great times he would want to travel back to and how he wouldn’t want to stop, but keep going to the next great thing. “If I had sneezed” (King Paragraphs 47-52). This quote is also repetition but could also appeal to emotion as well because if he would have sneezed when he was stabbed, then his artery would have been punctured and he would have been killed. King uses a few scenarios of what he has accomplished since the stabbing and if he had sneezed, they would most likely have never happened. An example of one of these quotes would be,” If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been around here in 1961, when we decided to take a ride for freedom and ended segregation in interstate…
MLK Rhetorical Analysis
In a time where racial equality was not heeded, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a moving speech, famously known as “I Have a Dream”. It was a statement against racial segregation, a plead for equality and an expression of hope for the future. It was an appeal to the American nation to illustrate the injustice done to his people. Dr. MLK’s uses of anaphoric phrases as well as an abundance of emotionally connoted words create strong pathos evoking a sense of pity, in…
in turn king got locked up for non violent action. Martin Luther King Jr. used St. Thomas Aquinas’, “An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law” to describe how these different laws work and how they are applied.
MLK Jr. was a very smart man and used his powerful voice to make a breakthrough in equality. In this letter he used charged language to make his point known in Birmingham.
Examples: “I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial…
This paper will analyze and discuss the “I have a dream speech” by Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. which was presented in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. The speech is about the failed promises of equality for all, focusing mainly on blacks. The speech culminated a civil rights march on Washington in an attempt to secure rights for African-Americans. The march, King's speech, and other boycotts and protests eventually led to the Civil…
1963 a civil rights legislation, saying the United States “will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free.”
Kennedy was assassinated that November in Dallas, after which new President Lyndon B. Johnson immediately continued with the cause. MLK and other Civil Rights leaders were present when it was formed. Under the Civil Rights Act, segregation on the grounds of race, religion or national origin was banned at all places of public accommodation, including courthouses, parks, restaurants,…
January 31, 2015
King's Inspiring Message
Dr. King is an emotional, inspiring and strong speaker. His " I Have A Dream" speech tugs a deep root war of emotions in every American’s heart. Even though pathos overwhelm logo and ethos, they also very much present in his speech. Martin Luther King, Jr conveys a message about the governments lack of understanding the social and political upheaval in a integrated society through the use of ethos, pathos and logos by…
I just have to start off by saying I do think that mountain lions are in NY, The biggest reason I think this is my grandparents who live in Savona NY had shown me tracks up on their hill. Unfortunately I never was able to see the actual mountain lion myself but that’s most likely because I was not allowed to go up there even though it was only a few hundred feet from the house until a more recent date. The sole reason I do not believe it was a miss identification is that they both are from the southwest…
Birmingham Jail” and FDK’s “Four Freedoms” both historical figures discuss why everyone should have equal rights, both use allusions, and both used religion in order to back up their claims and persuade their readers.
In both of these speeches, both MLK and FDR discuss basic human rights everyone should have, which is the purpose of them writing their speeches. In “Letter to Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr. clearly stated that the situation with African Americans was clearly unjust, “Injustice…
4 November 2014
MLK Jr. Rhetorical Analysis
In the letter
Letter From Birmingham
, Martin Luther King Jr. is responding to the
clergymen who wrote to him about demonstrations he has been taking, calling them “extreme”.
While Martin lays out a well developed argument in his stance, he goes back to consider the
accusations made that his nonviolent protest movement is extreme. In the concluding
paragraphs of this letter, Martin Luther King Jr. wisely reputes all accusations made by…
English 10 Honors Pre-AP
11 February 2015
In the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” written by Martin Luther King Jr.,
King uses the three appeals to show credibility by using ethos to convince people
he's a reliable or valid source to listen to. King uses logos to convince readers of
the soundness of his arguments. King appeals to pathos by his demonstration of the
common African-American experience at the time as being segregated and
subjected to oppression. King's credibility…