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Write a commentary on Martin Luther King’s speech. Consider how effective he is in using language and rhetorical techniques to convey his ideas.

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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English Coursework 2001 Nick Catigoudis -10P

Write a commentary on Martin Luther King's speech. Consider how effective he is in using language and rhetorical techniques to convey his ideas.

Introduction: In this essay I will describe the various techniques that Martin Luther King uses in his famous speech, and how effective it was in making people think about the issues he brings up throughout the whole speech.

One of the biggest things we notice in Martin Luther King's speech is the various tones and pitches of his voice. When his voice turns high and the volume of his voice is loud, it shows that he feels strongly about the point he has just made, and he wants the audience to notice what he is saying by underlining it. It is a very good technique to make people think about what you have just said. Another thing that he does after this is he pauses. Perhaps he is waiting for the audience to stop applauding him, or perhaps it is a dramatical pause, to make the audience really think hard about what he has just said. They aren't necessarily long pauses, but they are highly effective.

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