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

How does Martin Luther King make his 'I had a dream' speech so effective and memorable?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐How does Martin Luther King make this such a memorable and effective speech? On the 28th of August 1963, Martin Luther King - an American clergyman and one of the principal leaders of the United States civil rights movement - delivered his most memorable speech. The speech was 17 minutes long and in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination of black people. He conveys his message using many different methods such as repetition making the speech effective and memorable. One reason why the speech is so effective is because of where it is delivered. The speech was held at the Lincoln Memorial with an audience of over 250 000 people - approximately 200 000 black people and 50 000 white people. This is ironic as he attracted thousands of black people who were supposed to be irrelevant to the centre of the city. One of the main ways that King makes his speech so effective is through his unifying message. ...read more.


The ?I have a dream? makes everyone realise what America could be and gives everyone a vision to work for. The ?I have a dream? phrase is also very catchy so it sticks in people?s memories. During the speech, King makes many religious references. One example of this is, ?live out the true meaning of its creed?. The word ?creed? makes the phrase seem religious as it is normally used for a set of beliefs. It suggests that the nation has principles and currently they are not living the right way. King also uses extracts from the bible, for example, ?justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream?. That quotation that King uses in his speech is from the American version of the Holy Bible. This quotation makes justice and righteousness sound peaceful and something that everyone should be aiming for. The audience would have been familiar with these bible quotations and would have been able to relate to them. ...read more.


Another method used by King which makes his speech effective and memorable, is his style of delivery. King makes eye contact with all sections of the audience, trying to connect with everyone, and making it seem relatable. When King is talking about his dream, he looks up as if it is in front of him, inviting others to join his dream. Whilst speaking, King pauses regularly, allowing time for the audience to think about what he is saying. King often pauses after phrases, emphasizing them and letting them hang in the air, causing them to stay in people?s memories. This is especially with his ?I have a dream phrase?. To conclude, King uses many different methods that makes his speech so effective and memorable. I think that the main method which does this is unifying him and the audience together. From his speech, you can tell he was prepared to fight for justice with everyone else for ?our nation?. Whilst watching the video of his speech, you can tell how passionate he was about wanting rights not just for himself, but others all over America. ...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 Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise 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 Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise essays

  1. Martin Luther King - Essay on his speech "I have a dream"

    King's hand actions also play a great part in his connection with the audience, raising his hand at the end of the speech brings great courage and hope to the audience. The opening of King's speech also masters many other elements of the English language including archaic language and sibilance.

  2. What is the American Dream?

    There is a wide range of vacancies offered: from nursing to top management, therefore you can make a choice according to your personal skills and talents. However, there are a lot of unemployed people, who consider it to be very difficult to find appropriate job for immigrants in America.

  1. Who is to blame for king Duncans death

    He says himself: "Stars, hid your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires". So, the thought of murdering Duncan seems now to have taken firm root in his mind. It is evident that the witches have stimulated in Macbeth an ambition which would have remained dormant if the witches would make no prophecy.

  2. Woman in Black

    This also manifested itself physically by Jerome becoming 'frozen, pale, his throat moving as if he were unable to utter'. His fear, making him 'glued to the spot' unable to respond. During chapter five, Arthur espy's the woman in black in the small burial ground by Mrs Drablow's house, he becomes filled with fear.

  1. The Great American Dream

    was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life,an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.'

  2. Analyse Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech

    and the use of erotisis implies strong affirmation of support whilst engaging the listener. This paragraph culminates in a bible quote that includes a simile. Not only does it show how his religious up bring affects his use of language but the simile provides optimism for the audience, adding to how motivational the speech is.

  1. "I have a dream". In what ways does this extract/s show that Martin Luther ...

    3: Moreover, King once again uses a collective pronoun ?we? to bond and put himself at the same level as the audience. He also uses this pronoun to get across the point that they, together, will ?face the difficulties?. This gives the effect of bringing the audience all together with

  2. Study of Spoken language - Comparison of speeches by Barrack Obama and Martin Luther ...

    A speech is judged by how much it moves an audience; therefore in my opinion I think this has the potential to be one of the best speeches of all time. Anaphora is commonly used as a rhetorical device; it can be used to accentuate a point and the purpose of the rhetoric.

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