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  • Ethos
  • "Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation." (King)
  • Pathos
  • "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 there skin but by the content of their character." (King)
  • Logos
  •  Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." (King)
  • This is an example of ethos because Martin Luther King Jr. is talking Abe Lincoln who is someone who also fought for black equality. Lincoln is also a good role model who everyone knows and looks up to. Using Lincoln in his speech helped the readers feel like they are fighting for the same reason.
  • Ethos
  • "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note 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." (King)
  • In this quote Martin Luther King Jr. talks about his four children and tells us that he hopes they will not have to grow up for the rest of there live being judged by there skin color. This pulls at the heart strings because he is talking about the future of not only his kids but every other kid that will have to grow up like that. This makes parents want to do anything to make there kid have a better life than they did.
  • Pathos
  • "Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." (King)
  • In this quote Martin Luther King Jr. uses logos as a form of reasoning. He reasons that everyone understands money and the audience knows what it is like to be handed a bad check. They know this because they watch the white people get handed good checks.
  • Logos
  • "One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination." (King)
  • As Martin Luther King Jr. talks about the Declaration of Independence in his speech it shows us ethos because most Americans praise the Declaration of Independence. This shows how even our founding fathers wanted everything to be equal. Him talking about Declaration of Independence makes the people feel like they have in enforce the statements in this document.  
  • Martin Luther King Jr. uses pathos in this quote by letting his readers visualize the end of there troubled times. He makes the people feel like now is the time to take action. "Now is the time" is what he tells them to make them feel in powered which pulls at there heart strings telling them to push and fight for there right and don't waste any time. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. repeats "One hundred years later" to show that African Americans haven't been equal to whites for over one hundred years. Even when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by the President blacks are still segregated from the whites. He was using Logos by using the number one hundred to show how long the blacks have been segregated.     
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