“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King

“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King

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  • Give examples of THREE emotional appeals that MLK makes in “I Have a Dream.”

Rhetorical appeal:

King makes use of rhetorical speech, whereby he asks a question to change the tone of his voice, yet answers it himself. This is a trademark of any good sermon. In response to his question of satisfaction he repeats on seven consecutive occasions; “We can never be satisfied”. This style reinforces the urgency of how his community feels. King adopts a humanitarian style of preaching he refers to his own children and other fundamentals such as ‘water; which is a basic human need. His deep expression of dissatisfaction climaxes when he bellows, “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”. (more…)

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