A Comparison of I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King and Victory Speech by Barack Obama

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"I Have A Dream" and "Victory Speech" are two amazingly powerful speeches delivered by two big leaders of the American nation: Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. Both of these speeches are united in the hopes of creating a better country and achieving the American dream. The two discourses are an introduction to a change or to an improvement. Although these speeches are fairly similar, their purposes and audience are different. To begin with, King's speech makes reference to the American dream as the extended metaphor of a "cheque with insufficient funds", which refers to the "promise of (...) Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" the government has made but not kept to every United States citizen. It is important to mention that the factors of the promise are also the elements of "a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.", therefore, it is evident that King's speech was based on it, thus, the tittle of the discourse: "I Have A Dream." Also, The purpose of the cheque metaphor is for people to understand the promise of the American dream in terms that the whole public can understand, as well empathize with the horrible situation of lack of respect towards the african-american back then. Furthermore, in Obama's speech, he makes a reference to "hope for a better day","individual liberty", the restoration of "prosperity", the promotion of "the cause of peace", and equality amongst the citizens of the United States, the past elements are part of the concept of the American dream. To back up the past idea, at the end of the discourse, Obama mentions that he wants to "reclaim the American dream." To continue, The purpose of King's speech is to persuade. The aim is to introduce and explain the anti-segregation movemen... ... middle of paper ... ...ably wonderful vibration, because one can tell by the content of the speech that both leaders have the best intentions of creating a better future for their country. It is very important to mention that after all, one believes that King has achieved his dream of equality since racism is not a problem in a America anymore, such that the president of the United States is African-american. Also, Obama is trying hard to create a better nation, and I am sure one day he will get his dream achieved just like Martin Luther King. Regarding the speeches, one personally believes that Martin Luther King's speech is more effective since it makes one really feel sorry for the horrible things that happened to all those innocent african americans, it would have really convinced me back then, although one must say Obama's speech was very touching and appealing to the emotions too.
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