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Wilson 1 Maegan Wilson Critical Analysis: I Have a Dream 1 - Address One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most popular speeches was “I have a dream”. Like many of his acclaimed speeches, this one sought to motivate African Americans and was addressed to the nation on August 28 th 1963 at the March on Washington. Dr. King’s address is saturated with powerful techniques that grip an audience’s emotions, fervour and hope to bring change to America. He presents an argument of the many social ills Americans face in regards to race, equality and justice. His argument will be assessed based upon the conflicts he reveals, the various tones he uses, and the literary devices he employed. Fairly noted, the central focus and intent of this speech was to convey King’s imperishable vision that all Americans be treated equal, and urge his audience to share in this vision; since at this time, an entire race of African Americans were segregated and being treated with unjust inferiority. There was a heart wrenching awareness that this race was becoming an exile to its own land. Thus, as he partitions the urgency of extinguishing the matter, it becomes clear that Dr. King’s audience did not only comprise the African American race, but the entire population of the United States of America. First of all, he arouses a conflict of interest- racial segregation between African Americans and their Caucasians counterparts. At one point in King’s speech he says, “The life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination”, that 1 Can be accessed from http://www.usconstitution.net/dream.html
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Wilson 2 Negroes are banned from certain areas by signs reading “For Whites Only”. He stresses that the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. This is effective in showing exactly how far down the social ladder Negroes were during this era. They could not even live in suitable homes like Caucasian Americans could have. They were being treated as less than equal, and evidently cut off from upper-class society. This must have raised problems during this era as the constitutional creed of the United States of America promoted freedom of all individuals. And although King’s “I have a dream” speech does not provide text-based or statistical evidence, it is credible and almost irrefutable nonetheless, because there is such evidence. First, there was the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott by Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, which demonstrated how Negroes could not afford respectable means of transportation at the expense of being
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