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´╗┐Persuasive speeches Barak Obama and Martin Luther King are two very important historical people that helped America return to it ideals. Obama is the first black president of the United States, elected in 2008. King was the moral leader of the civil rights movements; he was fighting for legal equality for black people. King was addressing the 1963 March on Washington to the black and white supporters in favour of civil rights. His profession as a pastor and his pacifist beliefs influenced his speech; also he was a preacher and strongly believed in non violence. The result of his speech and the movement he led was a direct turning point and change of law, which soon lead to the end of segregation. Later on, indirectly it led to the election of the first black president. Barak Obama was addressing his supporters after the election in 2008, when he made his speech. A few things influenced Obama?s speech, including his election as the first black president and his need to unite all parties. ...read more.


He quotes ?by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.? The ?c?s alliterate here, and ?c? is a percussive consonant that really impacts the message, the ?b?s also have this affect. He uses this because it gives the speech a rhythm and makes it more interesting to listen to. In President Barak Obama?s speech he also uses a range of persuasive techniques to engage his audience. Like King, he uses many similes and metaphors to help describe or make a point, also to encourage the audience to draw a link between two obviously unrelated things, and find similarities between them. Obama quotes ?Every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms? meaning, ?Every so often the oath is taken amidst a political situation as brutal as a gathering storm? or ?Every so often the oath is taken when the money has run out.? Obama uses a clear, powerful metaphor that allows the audience to completely realize that ?gathering clouds and raging storms? refers to the current US recession. ...read more.


There are many similarities between the two, such as they both refer back to the declaration of independence and both use most of the same persuasive language and rhetoric in their speeches. The difference is that they aren?t exactly giving their speech on the same precise topic. The purpose of Martin Luther King?s speech was to explain to why black people should have rights along with white people, in which he called racial equality and end to discrimination. Whereas Barack Obama?s speech?s focused on the subjects of racial tensions, white privilege, and race and inequality in the United States, discussing black "anger," white "resentment," and other issues, his speech closed with a request to move beyond America's "racial stalemate" and concentrate on shared social problems. Both these speeches are very powerful, influential and convincing, they really explain their points well and make the audience aware of the problem or situation, they have a very persuasive tone, as a speech should have. ...read more.

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