I have a dream

I have a dream

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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." (King)
  • Pathos
  • Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 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. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. (King)
  • Logos
  • ''One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity'' (King). 
  • Dr. King is showing the use of an etho by telling the people that he too and his children are affected by America's segregation at the time.
  • Ethos
  • "I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation." (King)
  • This is an example of a patho because Dr. King reminded the audience that even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed 100 years ago, there was still discrimination because of skin color in America. 
  • Pathos
  • (passionate speaking)
  • This is an example of logos because he is telling his audience what life is like for African Americans today.
  • Logos
  • "America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds." (King)
  • This is an example of an etho. It builds the credibility of Dr. King by him making the people feel like the gathering will go down in history. It would indeed go down in history.
  • Dr. King uses dynamics and tone in his speech to show that he is very passionate about what he is standing for.
  • He shows logos by saying a metaphor. It means that black America was being short-handed. It is relating insufficient checks to unfair life.
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