Comparison of Martin Luther King Jr and Virgina Wolfe speeches

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In the speech "Professions for Women" by Virginia Wolfe, Wolfe delivers her speech predominantly to women to discuss the pursuit of freedom, equality and happiness within women's professions. Similarly, in the speech "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr., King discusses the struggle of African American men and women in southern states to obtain freedom, equality and happiness in America.

Wolfe's speech is a reflection of her own personal experience as a writer. She talks about obstacles that stood in her way to get where she is, and mentions a personal phantom that stood in her way for a long time. Wolfe states, "It was she who bothered me and wasted my time and so tormented me that at last I killed her". She talks about how to become a free writer and to be able to think for herself, she had to get rid of the ghost that was haunting her, the ghost of what women were expected to act like when she was growing up.

King's speech deals with an element of freedom of black people in the southern states of America. King states, "I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice". This shows he wants the black people in America, especially in the southern regions, to be given a voice. King also states, "Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy", which shows he wants black people to be treated the way the Emancipation Proclamation said it would. "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred", which shows that King wants...