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Martin Luther King Jr's I Have A Dream Speech

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used symbolism and references during his famous " I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. He used personal experiences and also experiences from the Civil Rights Movement. During his speech he also referred to American History and used metaphors and repetition to strengthen and enrich his famous speech.Dr. King described personal experiences when he said "the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land" which is describing the horrible segregation in America to its own citizens. Dr. King also talked about personal experiences when he said "Alabama's governor's lips are presently dripping with the ...view middle of the document...

But we must face the fact that the Negro still is not free." This meant that after the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed it was supposed to give them freedom but it hasn't. This is how Dr. King talked about the civil rights movement.Martin Luther King Jr. referred to American History in his speech. When he said, " When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir" he was describing the notes that were to make them free. This is how Dr. King referred to American History in his speech.During some of his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. used metaphors and repetition. One time he did this is when he said " Now is the time to rise from the dark desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial in justice to the solid rock of brotherhood." He used metaphors and repetition. He also used repetition while he was saying the main part of the speech when he kept repeating "I have a dream." This is how Dr. King used metaphors and repetition.Martin Luther King JR's speech has effected many people in the world. It has shown me to treat all people the same and not judge anybody. What impacted me the most was when he said " I have a dream that my four children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." This is how his speech has effected me. These are all ways of how Martin Luther King Jr. used symbolism and references to strengthen and enrich his famous speech.

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