Martin Luther

Martin Luther
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  • Ethos
  • "With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up to freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."
  • Pathos
  • "This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice."
  • Logos
  • "...when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands..."
  • The credibility of Martin Luther King Jr. is shown in this quote. He is willing to do anything for freedom. For example, he states he would be imprisoned if necessary. 
  • Ethos
  • "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.""
  • The audience is persuaded by King's appeal to their emotions. His word choice is inspiring. For example, his use of "beacon light of hope", "seared in the flames" and "withering injustice" persuades his audience to listen and follow his message. 
  • Pathos
  •  "...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..."
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. uses logic here to appeal to his listeners, no matter their race or religion.  He shows that freedoms should be granted to ALL people, not just white or black.  For example, he states that both Jews and Gentiles and those from every village and hamlet should join hands in the struggle for justice.  
  • Logos
  • "America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds"."
  • King shows credibility not only in his word but his research too. He quotes from the Declaration of Independence to back his 'dream' up. He shows that "all mean are created equal", not just white men.
  • King's adjectives in this passage appeal to emotions. He compares segregation being dark with racial justice being the sunlit path. The adjectives take the audience's visual of the issue to another level.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. uses logic to appeal to his audience. He uses a metaphor to compare treatment of the negro people to the writing of a bad check. This builds a logical connection since King knows his audience is likely to have a checking account. 
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