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"I Have a Dream" Speech

What are examples of parallelism in the  "I Have a Dream Speech..."

Parallelism involves using similar structures for two or more parts of a sentence or sentences to create a comparison or pattern. One example in the "I Have a Dream Speech" is the four sentences...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 6:21 pm UTC

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What persuasive techniques are used in Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech?

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most often studied, cited, and referenced speeches in American history. While it’s true that some of its appeal is derived from the...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 1:31 pm UTC

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What are examples of repetition and parallelism in this speech?

Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech utilizes numerous persuasive rhetorical techniques, among them parallelism and repetition. One good example of both is towards the end of the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2018 1:38 pm UTC

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What is the reason Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech?

The 'I Have A Dream' speech was what I like to call 'an alignment of what was possible in the face of the immpossible. Although the 'March on Washington' was created by CORE and SNCC neither of...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2009 4:04 pm UTC

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Antithesis In I Have A Dream Speech

An antithesis can be illustrated by juxtaposing two arguments which oppose each other. It can also be illustrated by a contrast of oppositional ideas such as "Give me liberty or give me death"...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012 2:59 am UTC

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In Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, what is an example of repetition? What is its effect?

There are many examples of repetition in Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have a Dream" speech. The repetition serves as emphasis. Since the speech was given orally, the repetition also helps the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017 2:56 am UTC

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Please identify several allusions in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech," delivered on the National Mall on August 28, 1963—one of the most (if not the most) powerful statements on the urgency of equality and civil rights for...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 4:21 pm UTC

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From the speech, identify three examples of the images that Dr. King dreamed he would see in the future.

If an image is a mental picture that is constructed, then it's fair to say that many of Dr. King's images in the "I Have a Dream" speech are a reflection of a world of what can be as opposed to...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2015 4:51 pm UTC

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What is the thesis of the "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King?

I think that if we can choose one sentence of this speech that represents its main, central claim, it would be the following sentence from the sixth paragraph: This sweltering summer of the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 11:50 pm UTC

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In the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., who was the intended audience and how do they affect the...

In his "I Have A Dream" speech, Martin Luther King navigates the tricky task of addressing both white and black audiences. To achieve this, the speech has a tripartite structure. The first part of...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020 3:44 am UTC

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What is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s claim in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

Speaking during the march on Washington, D.C. in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. claims that African Americans have come to the nation's capital to cash "a promissory note," a note that must be...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016 4:15 pm UTC

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Toward what audience does MLK direct his "I Have a Dream" speech, and how does he appeal to this audience with...

In a very practical sense, the audience consisted of those who gathered around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC in 1963 in an effort to support the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom....

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020 11:35 pm UTC

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What rethorical device does Martin Luther King use in his speech

Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream Speech" is known for its skillful, impactful use of rhetorical devices. These devices are used to connect with listeners on an emotional level and...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 8:47 pm UTC

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What are the main three arguments stated in Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech? 

The first argument that King opens with is historical: African Americans have been promised liberties through various historical documents and proclamations which have never come to fruition. King...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 3:35 am UTC

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What was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s purpose in giving the "I Have a Dream" Speech?

There is a more radical aspect to King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Though its primary message is one of true reconciliation, it directly addresses the persistent degradation of many black people,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017 7:54 pm UTC

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What are five issues mentioned in Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech?

Unfulfilled Promises The Emancipation Proclamation established that all slaves could enjoy new freedom. The Declaration of Independence guarantees unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 5:02 am UTC

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What is one effect of Martin Luther King, Jr. repeating the phrase "let freedom ring" nine times in the final...

First, I'd like to agree that this kind of repetition comes from the vibrancy and imagistic richness of traditional black preaching. However, in this instance, the series of repetitions begins with...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 4:28 pm UTC

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What examples of  figurative language can be found in Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream"?

In addition to the metaphors noted in other answers, King repeatedly relies on a variety of figurative language devices, giving his speech a deeply poetic cadence. For example, he uses repetition...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 3:02 pm UTC

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What are some of the literary and rhetorical devices used in the "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.?  

The “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most famous pieces of oratory in American history. Particularly famous is the section in which King proclaims his dreams: I...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2012 12:30 pm UTC

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Does Martin Luther King use logos in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

Martin Luther King uses logos throughout the speech. He says that the words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence make promises of freedom and equality to all Americans, and it is...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 9:45 am UTC

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To what does Martin Luther King Jr. make allusions in his "I Have a Dream” speech? 

King's "I Have a Dream" speech is full of literary and historical allusions. One of the most famous ones which pervades the speech is to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 1:34 am UTC

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Explain what King means when he talks about a "lonely island" and an "ocean" in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used the metaphor of an island and a lonely sea to emphasize how African Americans were set apart from the rest of society. They did not...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 5:21 pm UTC

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What is Martin Luther King's view of the "American Dream" as seen in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

In his famous and frequently quoted "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his view of the "American Dream" clear. To him, the American dream is one of equality for all people....

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 11:01 am UTC

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How is physical violence a good example of how protests might degenerate? How does this reflect Dr. King's views?

King addresses both black people and white people in his "I Have a Dream Speech." He tells white people that for a hundred years they have been promising black people equal access to the American...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 9:13 pm UTC

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How does Martin Luther King's use of delivery in his "I Have A Dream" speech help create impact in the audience, such...

Martin Luther King was, first and foremost, a pastor, and his delivery is in precisely the dramatic, carefully paced, and modulated style one would expect from a charismatic preacher of the 1950s...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 6:50 am UTC

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What is the meaning of “tribulation” in paragraph 14?

In paragraph 14, Martin Luther King is addressing the black and white activists in the audience who came to the March on Washington. Tribulations are sufferings or persecutions. King specifically...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 4:42 pm UTC

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What did Martin Luther King, Jr mean when he used banking metaphors in his speech at the March on Washington?  

In his speech at the March on Washington, best known for his "dream," King described the United States as having "defaulted" on a "promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned."...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015 5:06 pm UTC

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Which different parts of the United States does King mention in his speech?

King mentions many parts of the United States in his "I Have a Dream" speech. This is meant to be sure that his audience realizes that the entire country has made equality a dream deferred for...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2015 4:10 pm UTC

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Who does Dr. King refer to by the epithet "Great American"?

In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. refers to Abraham Lincoln as the “great American.” Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today,...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018 3:24 pm UTC

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What is Martin Luther King's dream in the "I Have a Dream" speech?  

King's dream was the dream of racial equality: an America where whites and blacks possess the same opportunities and rights. He discusses the abolition of slavery some one hundred years prior, but...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018 12:42 pm UTC

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What specific acts of injustice against African Americans does Martin Luther King Jr. cite in his speech?

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the culmination of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. In it, he refers to acts of injustice against African Americans in...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 1:23 am UTC

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What allusions does Martin Luther King make to the Declaration of Independence in his "I Have a Dream" speech? How do...

Early in the speech, King directly mentions the Declaration of Independence, which, along with the Constitution, he describes as a "promissory note." He means that when the United States came into...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 12:47 pm UTC

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What are two effective vocal strategies Martin Luther King, Jr. uses in the second half of his "I Have a Dream"...

Beginning with his rhetorical repetition of "I have a dream," two effective vocal strategies Martin Luther King, Jr. uses in his "I Have a Dream" speech are pause and pitch inflection.Effective...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 8:09 am UTC

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What are the important things Martin Luther King wants his audience to know in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

King's main message in the "I Have A Dream" speech is that African Americans have not yet received the rights to which they, as Americans, are entitled. He essentially summarizes this point early...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018 5:11 am UTC

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What advice did Martin Luther King, Jr. give to black people in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

Martin Luther King Jr. gave three pieces of advice to black people in his speech "I Have A Dream." He admonished them to never meet violence with violence, he encouraged them to continue to hope,...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018 10:00 pm UTC

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States Mentioned In I Have A Dream Speech

When Martin Luther King, Jr., named so many separate states in his speech, he not only connected with his audience, but he also subtly advocated for a federal solution to the problem of racial...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 6:25 pm UTC

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Who is the "great American" in Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech? 

King is clearly referring to Abraham Lincoln. His "symbolic shadow" can be understood several ways. In the first place, King and his audience, gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.,...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 2:37 pm UTC

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Summarizing "I have a dream" by Martin Luther King.   I understand that this speech is about acceptance to black...

To summarize this great speech in three lines, compress the different sections into key points. The first few paragraphs say, essentially, Abraham Lincoln promised everyone in the United States...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009 9:04 am UTC

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Explain the significance of metaphors such as "manacles of segregation" and "chains of discrimination."

The metaphors that Dr. King uses in his speech to describe the condition of African- Americans at the time of the March on Washington have multiple layers. One such dimension was the fact that Dr....

Latest answer posted May 26, 2013 8:40 pm UTC

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What is an example of a metaphor in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream?"

Martin Luther King Jr. employs metaphorical language when he says, Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. King refers...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2018 4:59 pm UTC

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Why was Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech so pivotal in American history? Did it redefine the nature of...

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His speech was pivotal because it brought civil rights...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2017 12:54 am UTC

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In what ways did Dr. King motivate and reach his audience with his "I Have a Dream" speech?

(eNotes editors may only answer one question per response. If you need more specific answers, please resubmit more questions.) Dr. King's audience for the "I Have a Dream" speech was motivated...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 7:39 pm UTC

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What does Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., predict for the future of American society?

Martin Luther King, Jr., predicts that "There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights." There cannot be peace as long as the promise of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018 11:35 am UTC

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How does the language of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech create an impact on the audience?

In his well-known "I Have a Dream" speech, Martin Luther King, Jr., employs language that is compelling and filled with both figurative language and rhetoric to urge his readers to believe in a...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 8:43 pm UTC

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In his "I Have a Dream" speech, King makes the claim that “the Negro is still not free.” In lines 8-14, what does he...

In order to answer this question, you simply need to look at the words of Dr. King’s speech. He clearly lays out what he sees as evidence that African Americans were not free. Here is the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015 11:09 pm UTC

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        In Martin Luther King's speech "I Have a Dream" Which parts are weak and need to be improved?   I hope you...

I think it's really difficult to compose this particular aspect of the assignment. In all honesty, I would be hard- pressed to find one part, not to speak of more than one, area that is weak. It...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2010 7:33 pm UTC

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What is the significance of Dr. King's references to Mississippi in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

One reason Mississippi is referenced is because it represents the very essence of Southern segregation. There are few places that were more intent on keeping "the Southern way of life" in terms of...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 9:13 am UTC

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What is the historical context of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech?  

According to an illuminating article by The Guardian, this was not the first time time Martin Luther King had used the words "I have a dream" in a speech. However, it was the first time he was...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 12:59 pm UTC

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What does the term "American Dream" mean, and why does Dr Martin Luther King Jr. use this term in his “I Have a...

In the August 23, 1963 speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, "the American Dream" denotes the opportunity and freedom of every man and woman, regardless of race, color, or creed, to be able to achieve...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 7:32 am UTC

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How can "I Have a Dream" be described as a plea for freedom and equality?

The speech "I Have a Dream," delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963, is a call for economic and social equality between Black and White Americans, and freedom from racist laws and threats of...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016 2:31 am UTC

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