I Have A Dream Ethos Pathos Logos

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most important voices of America, who used non-violent methods to fight for freedom and equality for all in his nation. On August 28th, 1969, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King delivered his most iconic speech “I Have a Dream.” In this speech, repetition, ethos, pathos, and logos are used to persuade the audience about the importance of the Civil Rights Movement. To create the greatest demonstration for freedom, he used these literary devices to “dramatize a shameful condition” (“I Have a Dream”). Although his life was taken away, his legacy continues to live on today. Firstly, two literary devices King used in his speech were ethos and logos. To appeal and emphasize his credibility, King began his speech with, “five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we…show more content…
The recurrence of the same word or phrase creates a powerful and distinct tone that King used in the delivery of his speech. Anaphora is used frequently throughout his speech to emphasize his points. Near the beginning of his speech, he said, “but one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later…” King continuously used the words “one hundred years later” to highlight the duration of their battle. Despite previous efforts in improving the nation, King stressed how little progress has been made in the past century. In addition, Epistrophe is present as well. “With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” His consistent use of the word “together” accentuates the purpose of his dream, to break the walls of segregation and unite with all people of colour and
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