Brian Njoku Njoku 1 Mr. Fields English 101. 069 21 September 2012 Expository Essay Revision A Dream Made Modest Revision “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. ” This famous quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr himself justifies the entirety of the speech being that he stands up for what he believes in. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” is probably the most efficient speech ever given.
This is not just by mere luck a lot was put into the preparation for this speech. Without rhetorical devices like simple language, repetition, and metaphors Dr. Martin Luther king Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech would not have had the same effect. Dr. Martin Luther King used simple language in his, “I Have a Dream Speech” to help relate to a broader range of people. Since back around that time, the majorities of the people were uneducated and would not have understood what he was saying. An example of simple language being used in the “I Have a Dream Speech” is when Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr said, “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. ” Njoku 2 This is basically a simple way of saying that freedom demonstrates the power of justice and righteousness, as well as the belief that equality is a natural thing. There are many ways that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr could of put that phrase but he wanted to make sure that everybody was able to comprehend what is being said. Dr. Martin Luther King’s use of simple language helped to get his message across more affectively and clearly.
If simple language was not used parts of this speech would not have had the same impact to the people. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used repetition in his “I Have A Dream Speech” also to help his message come across. Repetition played an immense role in his speech, without repetition the overall idea and concept of “I Have a Dream” would not have stuck to people the way it did. An example of repetition in the speech is the continuous chants of I have a dream before and after he made statements. This helped to deliver a better overall message and leaves a lasting impression in the heads of the people.
Repetition in his speech served as an attention grabber and a tone setter causing you to have no option but to remember the phrase “I have a dream. ” As stated earlier around this time a lot of the African Americans were not that educated so using a tool like repetition was very effective in getting your point across. Martin Luther King Jr also used metaphors to help compare and contrast different points that he was trying to make in his speech. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also uses metaphors in his, “I Have A Dream Speech” to very effectively get his ideas out to the people.
An example of a metaphor in this speech is when King said, “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. ” Njoku 3 In this quote King uses light as a metaphor for freedom and expresses how it will take a little bit from everybody to bring the light to millions of Negros. With the use of metaphors in this speech Dr. King motivates people to go out and make a change to the way things are. Dr.
King puts his dreams into a metaphor and uses that metaphor as a concept of change for the future. It is not only what Dr. King said but the way he delivered the speech that really got everyone so moved after everything was said and done. Dr. King most effective metaphor was when he said, “America has given the Negro a bad check, which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds. ” This quote explains how the people have been mistreated and need to stand up for there selves. The use of metaphors just add extra weight onto the speech and make things more simplified for the average African American during this point in time.
Rhetorical devices helped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech be effective and to have the type of impact that it did. Dr. King used simple language to make the speech more understandable to the average person at the point of time. The use of repetition helped the people remember the overall theme of the speech and key point that he was trying to get across throughout the entire speech. Metaphors allowed Dr. King to relate simpler things to his general idea in the speech and get his point across in a very unique way. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. use of rhetorical devices in his speech left a lasting impact on me. Who has done the same for you?