Comparing Martin Luther King's Techniques in his Speeches and My Own

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Comparing Martin Luther King's Techniques in his Speeches and My Own

As with any speech, it is popular opinion that the opening sentences

define the standard of what is to come; I feel that Martin Luther King

and I take different approaches to this, both of which are very

successful. In both of King's speeches, the opening lines are

emboldened through clever emphasis of passionate, repetitive

imperatives: the repetition being found in the imperative itself in

King's "I have a dream" speech: "Go back… go back… go back…", whilst

in his "… Promised land speech", the repetition being in the subject

of each clause, before each varying imperative: "Let us rise… Let us

stand… And let us move…". I feel that the repetition in "… The

promised land" is particularly successful due to the sense of

unification it implies, which is very relevant in the context of his


I on the other hand, whilst opting to keep with the idea of opening

repetition, present a much more aggravated, incensed opening in the

form of fragmented sentences with angered repletion: before returning

to the original repetition in a short, sharp sentence for added

effect: ). I feel that I present this repetition on two themes very

successfully, as I am able to incorporate this into a strong and

varied sentence structure to aid the creation of dramatic effect in

the mind of a reader, whilst aiding myself in performance.

One of the most noticeable differences between King and myself is our

varying application of techniques to create different images in the

minds of the listener/reader. Imagery is one example of this: King

often presents imagery in the w...

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... ring", "all of God's children…join

hands"). In addition to this, our paragraphs vary in that whilst my

speech really ends on the penultimate sentence- the following sentence

merely supporting this- "The power is in the people.", King's speech

climaxes again in his final words: " 'Thank God Almighty, we are free

at last!' ", leaving I feel a greater lasting impression on his


In conclusion, I feel there is no way of telling who is the better

speech maker, myself or King, due to the diversity of our topics.

However, I feel that King has the obvious advantage over myself, as

whilst I am merely using techniques in creative writing in a classroom

or at home, Martin Luther King actually addressed the masses with his

controversial views; something which inevitably led to his

assassination, on April 4th 1968.
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