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Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln Essay Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King were two very similar orators who wanted to achieve almost identical goals. Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States and the leader of the Anti-Slavery Republican Party. His speech was delivered on the nineteenth November 1863 mat Gettysburg during the 'Great Civil War'. His primary objective was to abolish slavery and he did this partly by indirectly telling his audience, such as, purposely forgetting his status and addressing his 'Fellow countrymen' with intense respect which consequently reflects his beliefs in equality. Martin Luther King, a Baptist Minister, was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He performed his speech almost one hundred years after Lincoln's speech on the twenty eighth August at Lincoln's memorial. King believed in egalitarianism and he also wanted to end segregation; this is what both orators set out to do. ...read more.


Alternatively, Lincoln's audience was probably affluent white people from Northern US. Although King had the advantage of the TV, Radio, media and Microphone, Lincoln's speech was just as well heard as King's speech. The use of emotive words engages both King and Lincoln's audience. King unifies his audience at the 'table of brotherhood' which, apart from unifying the audience also has a religious impact on the black people as they were extremely religious and an indirect reference to Jesus and his disciples would have caused immense unity between the audience. This metaphor apart from providing unity, it also is a very peaceful metaphor as it includes everybody. In contrast, Lincoln believes that their 'nation' is 'under God'. These religious references amalgamate the audience and make them think that they are doing this for 'God' and that they are 'God's children'. Both orators structure their speeches in similar ways. The speech is structured in chronological order as it bequeaths a rhythmic feel. ...read more.


King says that the 'glory of the Lord shall be revealed', which meant that if they work together, then they can create a better world for themselves and for their children, so if they stick together and protest they will see the reward. Both raconteurs coerce their audience by the use of different strategies. They both use analogous strategies to portray their views. Lincoln and King use the same strategies; however, King uses them extensively. Both use the rule of three but King take one-step further and converts it into repetition. When King repeats 'Let freedom ring', it emphasizes how much the black 'community' wants 'freedom to ring'. However, Lincoln repeats two words in particular, 'great' and 'nation'. The repetition of 'great' show the importance that can be achieved out of a 'great civil war' to form a bond between the people present and to say, if we are a 'nation so conceived and so dedicated' then we can tolerate the hardship and pain of war. The use of emotive language evokes a more personal feeling. King refers to his children to add a sympathetic feel to his speech. ...read more.

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