Ethos, Pathos, and Logos - Griffin H

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  • Ethos
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
  • Pathos
  • [I have a dream that] one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
  • Logos
  • [The Declaration of Independence] was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
  • MLK Jr. effectively uses Ethos in this quote by reminding the audience that he is a father to four children. Generally, we usually think parents of children are nicer. This is intended to convince the audience that he is a credible person that is of good character and has good morals.
  • MLK uses pathos here to trigger an emotional response in the audience to make them feel either sad, hopeful, or even angry. By talking about little kids, he uses a "think of the children" mentality to convey his message of his dream for the country.
  • MLK uses simple logic here to appeal to the audience by reminding them what one of the founding documents of the USA says. The Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal, including people of color. This is an obvious fact that the audience can clearly see to be true.
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