"I Have a Dream": Rhetorical Analysis Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

"I Have a Dream": Rhetorical Analysis
A rhetorical analysis of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.
# 116639 | 1,104 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Oct 15, 2009 in English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights)

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The paper examines the famous "I Have a Dream" speech, given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington D.C. in 1963. The paper illustrates how Dr. King represents himself as the personification of the civil rights struggle and how he uses appeals to ethics (ethos), reason (logos) and emotion (pathos). The paper notes the concern that younger generations will now identify the Civil Rights movement with this speech and forget about the hundreds of years of struggle and oppression that preceded it, but concludes that whatever the case may be, there is no denying the impact of these words.

From the Paper:

"Throughout American history, there have been few speeches that have had the profound social, economic, and moral impact as the famous "I Have a Dream" speech, given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in Washington DC on August 28, 1963. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Dr. King delivers this powerful speech to note that while there has been progress made in the search for equality, there is still a long way to go. From the beginning of the speech, Dr. King uses figurative language to illustrate this point."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Rhetoric, "I Have a Dream" Transcript: <www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html>
  • "A Dream Remembered", Newshour, August 28, 2003. A Newshour with Jim Lehrer Transcript<http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/race_relations/july-dec03/march_08-28.html>
  • Eubanks, W. Ralph. "Before He Had His 'Dream', King Wrote a Letter", The Washington Post January 16, 2005. <www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11302-2005Jan15.html>
  • MLK Online - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches, pictures, etc.: <www.mlkonline.net>

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