Precis 8 - Precis 8 This research article proposes that persuasion can be achieved in the public forum specifically public speeches through the use

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Precis 8 This research article proposes that persuasion can be achieved in the public forum, specifically public speeches, through the use of not only linguistic and grammatical emphasis, but vocal and nonverbal factors as well. Additionally, the environment that a speech is made in can greatly enhance the persuasiveness without the audience even realizing it. In the article, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” is analyzed and broken down as to why it was so effectively persuasive. The author notes that Dr. King utilizes anaphora, or the repetition of beginnings of sentences, in order to emphasize certain points and make the message more memorable. For instance, he begins many sentences with “We must” stressing urgency in the speech. Additionally, King repeats the word “freedom” twenty times throughout his speech. The audience will be persuaded to urgently work for freedom – thus persuading them to do something. The author also points out that King uses specific examples to ground his
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course COM 4930 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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Precis 8 - Precis 8 This research article proposes that persuasion can be achieved in the public forum specifically public speeches through the use

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