Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr.

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In every individual’s life, at least at one point, has been inaugurated to various articles and pieces of two phenomenal speeches that impacted generations during their time, but even in today’s society plays a crucial role in the treatment of African Americans. On August 28th, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr., who was the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and an avvid African American rights protestor, gave a speech which will forever hold a fond memory in the hearts of Native Americans called “I Have a Dream.” Martin Luther King strived for an end to racism in the United States. He delivered his speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. The speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Over three decades later, another speaker known by the name of Nelson Mandela, who fought vigorously for African American rights and was the first democratically elected president of South Africa, gave a speech at his inauguration. He delivered his speech to a tremendous crowd that included many international guests but were mostly South Africans. Nelson Mandela strived to inspire Africans to continue with non racism and democracy. His speech was filled with how beholden he was with the amount of support he gained throughout his movement. However, even those the two speeches were given decades apart and by two different individuals, the speeches share several similarities and differences. “I Have a Dream,” by Martin Luther King uses an abundant amount of literary devices throughout his speech, but also so does “Glory and Hope,” by Nelson Mandela. Overall, both speeches carry the same value to gain respect the African Americans Strive... ... middle of paper ... ...lants that have also known no other home. All in all, without the effects of literary devices, Nelson Mandela would not have reached his full potential when thanking the individuals who helped him throughout his journey to win back respect to the Africans. Given these points, Martin Luther King’s speech, “I Have a Dream” and Nelson Mandela’s speech, “Glory and Hope” are both two complete different speeches given three decades apart. Though as previously stated, both carry literary devices that will forever hold an important place in the hearts of many. These speeches in an abundant amount of times use symbolism, repetition, imagery, and parallelism to emphasis the point of ending segregation and gaining respect for African Americans. However, as both speakers used these literary devices, both had different effects applied because of the evolution of the setting.
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