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English 2 R.A Essay Dr - Molly McMahon Dr Graves EN102...

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Molly McMahon McMahon 1 Dr. Graves/ EN102 Rhetorical Analysis 19 March 2009 The Rhetorical Strategies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rhetoric has been commonly used among orators and authors since the era of Ancient Greece by many noted philosophers that are the founding fathers of modern education. Pluto, Aristotle, Sophocles, and Cicero, just to mention a few, claim rhetoric as, “the art of enchanting the soul” and “the faculty of discovering, in any particular case, all of the available means of persuasion.” Many renowned politicians and public speakers in America often use rhetoric to emotionally and psychologically sway their audiences. A very eminent figure of this strategy is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King managed to electrify America during the Civil Rights Movement with his momentous “I Have a Dream” speech, making it one of the most influential and inspirational pieces of rhetoric in American history. Throughout his speech, King utilized various rhetorical techniques which have made “I Have a Dream” incredibly powerful and persuasive. The key message in the speech is that “all men are created equal.” Despite the fact that this phrase is clearly stated in the American Declaration of Independence (the very foundation of this nation) it was not the case in 1963 when King delivered this speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial- the memorial of the President who defeated the Southern states on the issue of slavery. In the first half of the speech, King
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McMahon 2 verbally painted the picture of the unjust, racially-torn America that would “never satisfy” the African-American members of society. He argued passionately, establishing ethos among his listeners by quoting sources such as the U.S Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, and the Bible. “No, no we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. ” (Par. 9) This is a quote from Amos 5:24 of the American version of the Holy Bible. It is also a simile, comparing justice to
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