The I Have A Dream Speech by Martin Luther King Jr. was analyzed and discussed by our class. The speech appealed both to ethos, pathos, and logos, as well as Cicero’s canons of rhetoric. I was in charge of relating it to logos where there were many examples. The way that King used repetition is an example of this. By repeating, “I have a dream” and “let freedom ring” he was really able to get his point across with his word choice. Also, the logic and structure he used made the speech very effective. He started out the speech referring to the history of the African American and what they have had to overcome. Then he ended the speech with focusing on what they can do and away from the negative aspects. My group believed that the delivery was the strongest use of canon. We decided this because how he delivered the speech to the audience is what made it so effective. With his loud voice, pauses, and emotion he was able to get his point across and relate to the audience.
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