Martin Luther King ‘I have a dream’
Chief Seattle-Letter to the United States President
Analysis and Comparison
During the mid-20th century,racism was a huge issue in the United States.The most prominent was the racism towards African-Americans.Although all blacks were supposed to be free from slavery ,under a corrupt law system,people of colour were victimized mercilessly.
Matin Luther King was a Christian church minister ,and believed in peaceful protest,following the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi. More than 40 years ago in August 1963- 250,000 black and white people took part in a march in Washington D.C where Dr King electrified America with his momentous ‘I have a dream’ to be recognised ...view middle of the document...
There are next to zero rhetorical questions as I think King s portraying that all of his audience doesn't need to be questioned about what injustice is going on at that period in time.But the audience needed reminding on what was going on.
Martin Luther King was a church minister so there is no surprise that he would bring his faith would be mentioned to win over many ,somewhat,‘votes’ of people he did not agree with the views of Martin Luther KIng.And as he is has a ,he is obviously enough to put biblical quotes and names of prophets while putting it in the right context ‘This will be the day when all God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning”.As you can see in the text his use of biblical reference are subtle.
Throughout the text you can see traces of Dr king referencing nature.This is an exemplary time to use many figures of speech;such a similes,metaphors and adjectives-”every valley shall be exalted,and every hill and mountain shall be maid low”.Adding these characters to the text adds depth to his speech and can make the speech seem more sensitive as it can be seen as he is trying to make his speech more emotive and make the audience engage in the feelings he is trying to portray.
Talking about slave owners and past slave plantation can be seen as risky.But Martin Luther King uses the past to push the ‘fight’ for equality as King reads - “One day down in Alabama with it s vicious racists,with its governor-his lips dripping with the words of ‘interposition’ and ‘nullification.”Here we see that like talking about God and religion he is very subtle and by talking about slave owners and racists it shows,in some way,how much America has progressed since slavery was abolished and since the dark times of segregation had past.
About 100 years prior to the infamous ‘I have a dream’ speech was a chief’s letter to the the American president to try and keep his peoples land.Chief Seattle (more correctly known as Seathl) was a ‘Susquamish’ chief who lived on the islands of the Puget Sound. As a young warrior, Chief Seattle was known for his courage and leadership. He gained control of six of...