Martin Luther King
Jr’s speech “I have a dream”
“I Have a Dream” is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin
Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August
28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and
called for civil and economic rights. The main idea of the Martin Luther King’s
speech was that he wanted freedom for all black/negro’s and want equality for
all. He envisioned that black and whites would one day be equal, no matter the
color, race, or religion one belong to, they should be treated equal and with
respect. His plan would later affect the way we live life.
He uses a topic sentence followed by
evidence and examples. Each section integrates his ideas and advances his
arguments by stating a claim and backing it up with facts and personal
testimonies. For the organization, he uses parallel structure as in the second
paragraph, four consecutive sentences begin with the phrase ‘one hundred years
later”. Each sentence reveals different elements of despair of hardship the
Negros faced: poverty, discrimination and segregation.
The tone that Martin Luther King used in
his speech was hopefulness but also the recollection of the dangerous and
arduous journey people of color had made to arrive at the place and time, so
long after they were promised freedom with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Therefore, in his speech both the darker tone and hopeful tone was determined.
He used powerful, evocative language to draw emotional
connection to his audience
The transitions in the Martin Luther KIng’s
speech was on point. He moved between light and dark imagery to recall the
hardships of the past, without losing sight of the promise of the future. His
hard words reflected horrific times, while his hopeful words and phrases, by
comparison let people know that the pain of the past was not forgotten.
In the speech, Martin Luther King
used the oratory tool of repetition (anaphora). He repeats the term “One
hundred years later” four times in one section as he describes the condition of
the African-American in contemporary society, as in, “But one hundred years
later, the Negro still is not free.” The phrase recalls the observation that he
had just made regarding the signing of the emancipation proclamation “five
score years earlier.”
In his speech “I have
a dream”, in his conclusion, he talked about some of his goals for the country
during the civil rights movement. He also talked about meeting his goals, and
setting some of our own. Martin Luther King Jr. is a great inspiration to many
people, and he is one of the most important historical figures at this point in
time in country.
Luther King, M.
(2011). Martin Luther King – I Have
A Dream Speech. video Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs=youtu.be
Accessed 21 Jan. 2018.