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This paper analyzes the repetition and emotional imagery used by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famous civil rights speech known as "I Have a Dream." First, the paper describes the meaning and content of this oration. Then, it examines Dr. King's style of delivery, citing the building momentum and repetition. Finally, it notes how Dr. King effectively utilized repetition and vivid emotional description and imagery to promote his ideas of community, unity, and the need for immediate action against segregation. The paper concludes with a call for people to forgo minor squabbles with sights set on promoting peace among humanity, as in Dr. King's speech.
From the Paper:"In Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, King effectively utilizes repetition and vivid emotional description / imagery to promote his ideas of community, unity, and the need for immediate action against segregation. Dr. King's repetition is found in multiple areas of the essay and not only builds energy and momentum in his speech, but increases the magnanimity of the suffering of the Negroes, thus making the issue seem much more significant. Also, Dr. King's vivid emotional descriptions promote both his ideas on immediate action and unity / community. Dr. King initially describes the suffering of the Negro with highly emotionally appealing language, thus making the suffering seem significant and creating empathy among the audience. He then effectively utilizes emotional imagery to not only support his message of peace, justice, and brotherhood, but also to condemn injustice / racism by juxtaposing these two ideas together..."
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Rhetoric and Style in "I Have a Dream" (2010, December 22) Retrieved May 25, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/rhetoric-and-style-in-i-have-a-dream-146202/
"Rhetoric and Style in "I Have a Dream"" 22 December 2010. Web. 25 May. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/rhetoric-and-style-in-i-have-a-dream-146202/>