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How does Martin Luther King persuade his audience to join him in a campaign to extend the freedom of rights to all Americans?

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How does Martin Luther King persuade his audience to join him in a campaign to extend the freedom of rights to all Americans? M.L. King uses a number of techniques to persuade his audience to join his campaign. Most of the techniques that he uses in his speech stem from his religious background, his father being a clergy man, as was he. He also uses America's pride and freedom against them making them believe that they are contradicting their right for freedom which they had to fight so hard for. Another technique that he uses is the tone, volume pitch and emphasis on the words and sentences that are important in his speech. The first technique that King uses is that of using the Emancipation Proclamation, which is that every man should have equalled rights, against the white American people. ...read more.

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He uses part of one of America's national anthems in his speech 'my country 'tis of thee sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside let freedom ring!' Again he uses what the Americans has promised against them as he says that this will have to be sung with new meaning for it to become true. King uses the American National anthem because if the audience see that King understands the words to the National anthem then he must be an American citizen meaning that he belongs in that country just as much as all of the other races and religions. He then puts things into simpler terms for people to understand by comparing Americas' promise with a cheque. ...read more.

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He compares the emancipation proclamation with Holy Scriptures, and says 'now is the time to make justice a reality for all of Gods children'. These statements make people think that they have sinned and that they should make amends, also he compares everyone equally by calling them brother and sister ('all of Gods children'). He also talks about peoples children and his children saying that he has a dream that one day his children will not be judged by the colour of their skin or the religion and that they should one day be able to play with little white children. This really makes people think that they should join him as everyone wants the best for their children so they wouldn't want to deny them the right to play with people from a different culture. By Matthew Elmidoro 10S ...read more.

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