Ethos,Pathos,and Logos: Martin Luther King Jr.

Ethos,Pathos,and Logos: Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Ethos
  • "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." (King)
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  • Pathos
  • "But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice." (King)
  • I'm sorry sir but it seems that we have no more justice.
  • Logos
  • "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)
  • Life
  • Pursuit of happiness
  • Liberty
  • King is assuring his listeners that he can see a future where both former sons of slaves and slave owners can sit down and talk together in peace without any form of conflict whatsoever. It helps convince his audience that he can see cooperation between the two races and envisions a peaceful world where everything is normal.  It gives King credibility in showing his members that coexistence is possible in the cruel world they live in.
  • Ethos
  • "I have a dream ... I have a dream that one day in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will he able to join hands with little white boy's and white girls as sisters and brothers. " (King)
  • King is telling us that while we've come back to bring freedom and justice to our democracy he's also saying that we refuse to believe that justice is nonexistent in our country when it comes to racial issues. He highlights the very limited amount of justice given to those affected by racial tension. King is basically saying that we ignore the flaws of justice in our country and that it's time for things to change.
  • Pathos
  • I don't like your kind!
  • "One hundred years later the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. So we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition." (King)
  • King is reminding everyone that when the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were made it was saying that all men (including Africans) were guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. King believes that all three of those unalienable rights are only guaranteed to blacks to a certain point. He's saying that it was a promise made from the start of our nation and that it should be there for blacks.
  •  Logos
  • "We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy." (King)
  • King has an idea that in the near future the most racist parts of the country (like Alabama) will be able to see the white and black youth working and playing together instead of being separated from each other.  He's assuring his audience members that seperation of the youth by race will no longer exsist. He's also saying that all children black and white will get along.
  • King is trying to tell us that even though it's been about one hundred years and we're no longer slaves we still treat the Africans as a lesser being. He however wants to change all of that. King exclaims that he is going to put an end to all this injustice and will remove the shameful condition that has been practiced for far too long. 
  • Although people would rather live life in luxury, King is trying to remind the people that now is not the time to just kick back and relax. He's trying to tell everyone that now is the time to engage in bringing back the true promises of democracy. If no one decides to go and help in the cause then relaxation may not be an option and certain luxuries may not be available to certain people.
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