Rhetorical Analysis of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Racism in the United States was a huge issue during the mid-20th century; African Americans were among the targeted groups that suffered from discrimination alone with Asians and Hispanics. The blacks were said to be free they were constantly being victimized due to the corrupt justice system. Separate but equal was an understatement, but they continued to fight for their freedom with the help of civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. He was a member of the Southern Christian leadership Conference as well as the National Association for the Advancement of colored people. His speech was given after the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. He encouraged his brothers and sisters of color not to protest with bitter and physical violence but to peacefully demand to be treated equally.
He was involved in several civil rights boycotts and protests hoping to gain the victory of equality in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther Kings’ most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” was given at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The impact that this speech had opened eyes of thousands and painted a picture of the unjust society they were living in. In his speech he carefully used three different types of rhetorical methods: ethos, pathos, and logos. Dr. King was an emotional, inspiring and strong speaker. His “I Have a Dream” speech tugs a deep root war of emotions in every American’s heart. His speech is the perfect display of pathos.