I Have A Dream

Martin Luther King Jr. gave an excellent speech on August 28th, 1963. This speech became know as the “I Have A Dream” speech. It was given at the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of more than 200,000. Dr. King’s speech was powerful and moving as he tried to relate to every American’s sense of freedom.
Dr King uses very power words and metaphors to paint more than one picture. He opens by capitalizing on the location; he talks about what Lincoln did for Black American by signing the Emancipation Proclamation (2). He then reminds his audience “one hundred years later, the Negro is still not free” (3). After this introduction he moves on to hisfirst line of action, “we have come to the capital to cash a check” (4). He uses cashing a check as a metaphor to attaining freedom; this is a very powerful metaphor as everyone can relate to it.He expands on it by saying that by saying that the “vaults of opportunity in this Nation” are not empty. All of these metaphors are very powerful because everyone can relate to them. The word choice throughout the speech is exceptional because while intelligent it is put into words that even the lowest educated person could comprehend.
The closing of the speech is very power full which is necessary for any good speech. Dr King uses repetition to end his speech by telling the audience to let freedom ring form here and there.He then closes with “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” (30) Which basically summarizes his whole speech. In his closing he uses his powerful voice to his advantage and it is one of the things he is remembered for.
I don’t believe that the speech is exceptional. It was just given by a very powerful speaker and on a very good topic. In short the speech gives the details of the current situation and that everyone should come together to change it.I would think that a speech introducing a solution would have been much better. The only reason the…


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