“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! thank God almighty, we are free at last! ” This entire last paragraph of King’s speech is an example of parallelism. This shows that all of these different races and religions are no better than the other.
Where in the speech does King acknowledge that not all of his listeners are African American? “It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. ”Here, in this sentence after announcing the theme, Dr. King continues to broaden the appeal of the speech to include all people, not only the blacks in the audience. With this single sentence he tells the rest of America that he and his followers believe in the same things as they do, and that there is no reason to fear. 3. How much emphasis does King place on the past?
How much does he place on the future? On the past, there are 3 point he placed. Namely phrases from the Declaration of Independence, patriotic and religious documents and he also drew from the Bible in the “Dream” speech, focusing particularly on the tales that mirrored the political climate of the 1960s. “100 years” after Lincoln stood before him, and that his message was to “let freedom ring. ” He also want:”That all men are created equal”, we will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of character.
The ethical appeal of King’s argument. Where in the speech, for instance, does he present himself as reasonable despite his passion? To what extant does his personal authority lend power to his words? His use of pathos is incredible as he strikes emotional values of both black and white people. His use of the bible causes an emotional response, ‘“And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. ” He is using the bible to provide a belief and faith in what he is saying is truth, and that all people will stand together.
His use of metaphors throughout his speech is keeps his audience engaged in his fight for freedom, he states “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. ” (King) He uses the American dream to appeal to all Americans. He is saying that his dream is part of the American dream that we all deserve to have the freedom to dream. He also uses the appeal that he is a father and that he wants more for his children.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. ” (King) This is allowing the listener to relate to him as a father and the aspirations we hold for our children. It provides a human appeal and uses pathos. He also uses logos in his analogies. When he states, “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds. ’” (King) His analogy is using logic as a form of reasoning.
He reasons is that everyone understands money and that the listener is able to relate to being handed a bad check. 5. MIXED METHODS The description in paragraphs 2 and 4 depends on metaphor , a figure of speech in which one thing is said to be another thing. How do the metaphors in theses paragraphs work for King’s purpose? The second paragraph of the speech starts with “Five score years ago”, an allusion to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. This is particularly poignant due to the fact that the speech was given on the steps of his memorial.
A memorial to the president who passed the emancipation proclamation. Martin Luther King Jr. continues with comparing this (the emancipation proclamation) “momentous decree” to a “great beacon light” to those who had “been seared in the flames of withering injustice” in an example of a simile and then a metaphor. The metaphor is expanded to call the proclamation “a joyous daybreak” to a “long night. ” The metaphors help prove King’s point through contrasting two abstract concepts through tangible things.
The last sentence of the second paragraph is the first of many references to the bible. In comparing Psalms “For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning” to King’s line “ It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity” the parallels can be seen. The use of biblical references helps link the work of MLK to the bible and divine things. Southerners being in the “bible belt” and dominantly Christian, this reference to the bible strikes home to these slaveholders.