Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech

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  • Logos
  • "Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual."
  • Ethos
  • "I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."
  • Pathos
  • "We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality."
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. does a wonderful job at using logic to persuade the government and the people to rise to peaceful action. He states plainly that the discord wouldn't just fix itself- something had to be done.
  • One of the biggest pictures of innocence seen in society is a baby - a child. When Dr. King paints a picture of how there are children that are being mistreated, and how no child cares about skin color or race or any such nonsense without the negative influence of their parents, it hits home for people. If the innocent don't believe it, why would we? He also plays into the idea that the innocent, the children, the helpless deserve to be helped - to live good lives.
  • Dr. King also plays onto the humanity of the listeners and of the people he's trying to persuade by using imagery and real examples of brutal injury and pain being inflicted upon the people. No one could listen to such accounts and continue to believe that it's okay.
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