Rhetorical Analysis Of I Have A Dream By Martin Luther King Jr.

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The most important civil rights speech of the twentieth century, “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr, provides a vivid picture of racial segregation in the 1960s and paints his dream for America. (Working on a sentence to add here). Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech is a very effective rhetoric, especially shown by how well the telos rhetoric appeal relates to the kairos rhetoric appeal. On August 28th 1963 during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr delivered the great “I Have a Dream” speech (MLK). This speech was a soulful call for peace, and a righteous call for equality. At least 200,000 people watched and listened to Martin Luther King Jr’s dream for a better America. Mr. King brought up the past, compared it to the present, and explained his dream for the future. A dream that included non-violent protests resulting in the de-segregation of the country …show more content…
A very well thought out sentence Mr. King says “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” (MLK). Not too much farther into his speech he adds “go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair” (MLK). Mr. King is asking the people who have been effected by racial segregation to not look at the negative side of the past but to look forward to the positive side of the future that can and will happen. By giving these people hope, Martin Luther King is telling them to not let the results of the past effect the fight for the future. Pathos is the type of rhetoric appeal that will make someone want to do something by appealing to human emotion. Martin Luther King gave millions hope for a change with the “I Have a Dream”