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Name: Fadi Ibrahim
English 2
Mrs. Ramsey                                              
                                      The achieved goal
In “ I have a dream” by Martin Luther King Jr who was a black activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement gave a speech that electrified the whole nation. In Washington D.C, King delivered his speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial and as his powerful voice echoed out across an audience of 200,000 people.   The key message in the speech is that all people are created equal and, although not the case in America at the time, King felt it must be the case for the future. He argued passionately and powerfully. Due to the tense social mood of the time “I Have a Dream” had a massive impact on the society as it reflected the conditions of the time, provoking the audience into feeling sympathy, while giving black activists a vision for the future. It struck directly into the hearts of blacks across America giving them longing for a better future, and influenced the white population to be ashamed of their actions and willing to have a new start to a new society. The passionate speech which is filled with rhetorical devices such as tone, repetition, and metaphors demands for racial equality and outcries of social injustice.
Firstly, King uses a series of metaphors in the middle of his essay as they are essential to help audiences fully understand an idea as it compares an idea with something the audience are familiar with. King portrays this literary device by saying, “ the life of the negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” (7-8).  
A similar example of this literary devices includes “   instead of honouring this scared obligation, America has given the negro people a bad neck which has come back marked “ insufficient funds” (20-21). In this example, King is comparing the mistreat of black people by the US government to a “bad check” as...


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