I Have a Dream Ethos Logos Pathos

I Have a Dream Ethos Logos Pathos

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  • Ethos
  • "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation" (King).
  • Logos
  • "America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked as insufficient funds" (King).
  • Pathos
  • "...we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black med and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last'" (King).
  • Ethos is being used by stating the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. This was when the slaves became free. He credits this to make people think about what is happening in society.
  • Ethos
  • King uses logos to connect with the audience by making an analogy. This shows the audience the unfairness and how they are being treated. It puts an image in our minds showing how they feel.
  • Logos
  • This relates to ethos because King is talking about God. Ethos is all about ethics and King is referencing God in his speech. He wishes that all of God's children no matter what they believe in, come together and end discrimination.
  • Pathos
  • Ethos is about ethics and referencing God goes hand in hand with that. King is saying that all of God's children need to come together for justice for minorities. King says that the disconnect will not end until there is freedom and equality.
  • "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would not be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate disconnect will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality..." (King).
  • King uses the phrase "one hundred years ago" to say how long it's been since the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed. This uses logos by giving a timeline of how long segregation has been going on.
  • "One hundred years later the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination" (King).
  • King uses pathos to make people feel that it isn't fair to his kids. He wants people to see that they are growing up in an unfair society. King is trying to get the people to start making a difference.
  • "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).
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