Dr. King begins by proclaiming his joy of how happy he is to be joining with fellow Americans for what he believes to be “the greatest demonstration for the freedom in the history of our nation.” This demonstration is essential because at the time African Americans were not being treated equal with whites even though one hundred years before Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves. Dr. King’s goal for giving this speech was to open America’s eyes to this fact of inequality and to raise national awareness so that changes could be made. He was also lighting a fire for the African American community to not give up and just go back to “business as usual” but to stand up and take their deserved freedom. His goal was to provide hope for millions across the nation. Dr. King’s speech, I feel, is organized in a strategic organization structure. I believe this is because his speech is organized in a way to mention or bring out things that open people’s eyes, raise awareness and cause change. He says it in a way that makes people want and desire change. And this change just wasn’t wanted by the African American’s at the time; with his passion and energy, he made every American want change. And it worked, because he just didn’t have an audience of African Americans in mind; he had the whole nation in mind—all genders, races and religions. Dr. King’s speech is a speech of transition. A transition for America from the way it’s been for hundreds of years to what he envisions for the future. The first transition comes out right as he begins his second paragraph. He is talking of how joyous and full of hope the African Americans were one hundred years ago when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed; but now, sadly, one hundred years later society remains unjust and African Americans are still not free. He goes on to describe their condition as being crippled by segregation and living in poverty among the wealthy. Another major transition is seen as Dr. King is close to wrapping up his speech when he mentions that, even with all the problems of today and tomorrow, the he has a dream for racial equality. He goes on to say that this dream of equality is not just for the racially segregated South, but for the entire nation as a whole. Dr. King closes his speech proclaiming his dream of racial equality. This dream is for equality in very state of the U.S. and in every city throughout the nation. And it doesn’t just stop with race—his dream is for all races and all religions to join together and proclaim their freedom. Dr. King’s final words of “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God a-mighty, we are free at last” is a great clincher to close out his speech. This final sentence drives home Dr. King’s main theme of racial equality for the entire nation. Dr. King’s speech is made up of many themes. He begins by bring up the theme of promised freedom from a hundred years ago. He continues by going into the theme of how today, these promises of freedom have been denied. The next theme he discusses is that we cannot have satisfaction in this injustice. We must end it, which begins the next theme of in order to end it, there lie a difficult road ahead. But at the end of this road, we find Dr. King’s final theme—his dream of tranquility. One thing is for sure, Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech is a beautiful read; so eloquent and filled with so many literary terms that create such a magnificent flow. Dr. King used many metaphors. Some of them are: “negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice”; “negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Dr. King also used similes in his famous speech. Some examples would be: “it came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity”; “we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like…
Eng 101 C02
February 9th 2015
At the “March on Washington rev. Martin Luther King gave a speech called “I Have A Dream...” to many citizens. Rev. Martin Luther King believed that this day was going to be “... the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” In Martin Luther Kings speech he refers to the Emancipation Proclamation which was to free the slaves. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was supposed to free the slaves…
I have a Dream
By: Kelsey Kaiser
I have a dream that one day everyone will have enough to keep them full and no one will go to bed hungry. One day there will be enough food for everyone and enough programs to help the starving that even homeless and poor people will have enough food. This would help people have better lives because overcoming hunger is like getting over a giant wall in your way. It’s one less problem to have to worry about. One day people who live in poverty won’t be starving…
I have a dream to no longer be self-conscious about myself. Every day millions of teenagers go to school feeling upset about the way they are and look. I wish I could change that because the feeling is terrible and self-consciousness puts you down when you try to do your best. Not being confident about the way you look happens a lot and can bring your self-esteem down. It causes you not to stand out and interact with others; it makes you feel embarrassed about the way you look. Being self-conscious…
“I Have a Dream…”
On August 28th 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his infamous “I Have a Dream…” speech in from of the Lincoln Memorial. His speech addresses civil rights and the struggles of racial diversity and equality. His speech highlights his main points of his speech while using analogies that the common American could understand. He uses historical facts and events to help administer his point. He also uses beautiful language to illustrate his points, making his speech memorable.…
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech is among the most acclaimed in U.S. history, and the 50th anniversary this week of the March on Washington where he delivered it highlights the speech's staying power.
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He began with: "I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
trip to London from Oxford University where I was earning some graduate
credits one summer, a young man, obviously fresh from a pub, spotted me and as
if struck by inspiration went down on his knees in the aisle. With both hands over
his heart he broke into an Irish tenor's rendition of "Maria" from West Side Story.
My politely amused fellow passengers gave his lovely voice the round of gentle
applause it deserved. Though I was not quite as amused, I managed my version of
an English smile: no…
I Have a Dream – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please read each question carefully and answer in full sentences. Keep in mind that each question has a grammar/mechanics component worth 2 marks.
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But we refuse to…
“I Have a Dream”
Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. On August 28, 1963, in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech, “I Have a Dream.” In front of an interracial crowd of over 200,000 people, Dr. King uplifted the crowd with his emotional and powerful speech. After reading and researching the speech I learned that Martin Luther King Jr. was paying homage to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. King’s speech also implores to the Declaration of Independence…
‘I have a Dream’ – Critical Response Essay
How does ‘I have a Dream’ By Martin Luther King conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a persuasive speech, and for what purpose?
I have chosen the question “How does the text conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a particular genre, and for what purpose?” I have decided to analyse Martin Luther King’s classic Civil Rights Movement…