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

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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.


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.


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.

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