Ethos, Logos, Pathos English Storyboard
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"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."
"I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive."
"Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' And so we have come to cash this check."
In Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech, he uses the rhetorical device Ethos, relating to moral character, to impact the audience. In the depicted quote, Martin Luther King Jr. displays his moral character by speaking of his children. This not only appeals to the majority black audience but to parents as well who seek equal rights for the future generations.
In the depicted quotation, Martin Luther King Jr. uses the rhetorical device Pathos, relating to emotion, to evoke feelings from the audience. By mentioning some of the hardships that some of his audience have faced, coming out of jail and fighting for freedom, it hits home and causes the crowd to feel emotions such as anger, determination, and sadness.
In the depicted quotation, Martin Luther King Jr. uses the rhetorical device Logos to assist the audience on seeing why they should agree with his point. King Jr. uses money, which all people can relate to (as some have plenty and some are struggling with it). He basically states that people should take action towards the cause because their check has been marked "insufficient", meaning that they do not have rights, an important factor of life.
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