• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Martin Luther King was the Leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Martin Luther King was the Leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America. He wrote and delivered his famous speech on the 8th of August 1963 on the subject. This commentary will examine some of the language and rhetorical techniques that he uses in his speech, and how they allow the listener to picture and therefore understand his ideas. I think that his techniques are very helpful to picture the ideas that he is speaking about. His language is very pictorial throughout the speech, and the main time that he uses imagery is when he is talking about their rights as the form of a cheque. The crowd can really understand the idea here, and this is shown by their reaction, both part way through the idea, and at the end of it. ...read more.

Middle

This lets the audience almost be able to 'see' or 'touch' emotions - he is using types of metaphor to display things that may not be understood normally. This is a good way of working his speech - so that he does not bore people with things / ideas that they do not understand. This is another example of how he is really trying to make it really easy and simple for the audience to understand. Also, he uses repetition all the way through the speech. E.g. "Now is the time" and the famous "I have a dream". This shows how he is pushing his point forward, and making sure that his ideas are firmly in the audience's minds. ...read more.

Conclusion

The audience reacts in different ways to different parts of Martin Luther King's speech. They all cheer at the point where he says about the cheque being not cashed - where he says that it comes back marked 'insufficient funds'. They all cheer straight after that. Also, they all cheer after he says, "all men are created equal". This speech by Martin Luther King changed the way American society worked. His stunning language and very clever rhetorical techniques really persuaded people to treat equality as a part of normal life. Martin Luther King was shot by an assassin in Memphis, Tennessee on the 3rd of April 1968. Alex Brint 2001 2 \\Yr10wk\English\Mlkessay.doc A Commentary on Martin Luther King's Speech, considering how effective he is in using language & rhetorical techniques to convey his ideas. Alex Brint 2001 1 \\Yr10wk\English\Mlkessay.doc ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. What was the contribution of Martin Luther King to the civil rights movement?

    surrender her bus seat to a white passenger and as a consequence had been arrested for violating the city's segregation law. Black activists formed the Montgomery Improvement Association to boycott the transit system and chose King as their leader. He had the advantage of being a young, well-trained man who

  2. Do you think Martin Luther King deserves his reputation for being a great leader ...

    It would certainly be fair to say that, without King, the Civil rights act would, at least been delayed considerably in its passing. King's personal key to a successful protest was keeping it peaceful and non-violent. This had mixed success and brought King under a lot of criticism, some claiming

  1. Civil Rights in America 50s & 60s

    The black students were often abused and sometimes seriously assaulted as they tried to simply carry on with their education and, throughout the course of the violence and hatred against them, eight of the black students deemed it impossible to continue with their education at Little Rock.

  2. How effective a leader was Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights campaign?

    Unlike the success of Montgomery, King had gained far more momentum in the civil rights campaign after Birmingham. This was a great a leadership quality that King had gained after the events of Montgomery. Martin Luther King was involved in the march in Washington, where around two hundred thousand protesters had marched.

  1. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Most entrepreneurs have an attraction to challenges; they are attracted to challenges but not to risks. It may look like they are taking high risks, but actually they have assessed the risks thoroughly. King assessed his risk and he knew that he was constantly at risk, King's risk was far

  2. Analysis of spoken language: Frasier

    own radio show everyone will do as he pleases, "Oh Daphne (0.2) they always set aside a few choice seats for Seattle's travel Elite" this projects Frasier as big headed. The scene then moves on and shows Frasier, Niles and Martin driving to the wine event in Martins camper.

  1. Martin Luther King.

    His passive protests "appealed to Christian brotherhood and American idealism and created positive impression on people both inside and outside the South" to such an extent that he was elected as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

  2. Civil Rights Movement In America.

    America's army had different regiments, activities, and even barracks, one set for the whites and one for the black; the army was segregated, like the country it was fighting for. The war ended (it should be noted that this war was fighting racism, and that Americans so not understand irony).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work