I have a dream formal speech

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'I have a dream' was written and performed by Martin Luther King on 28th August 1963 in Washington at DC Civil Rights March. In the speech, Martin told people about the great plans he had for the United States where black people no longer had to suffer unfairness. This is a part of what he said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character".

During his speech he referred to American History and used metaphors and repetition to strengthen and enrich his famous speech. One time he did this is when he said "Now is the time to rise from the dark desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial in justice to the solid rock of brotherhood."

He used metaphors and repetition. He also used repetition while he was saying the main part of the speech when he kept repeating "I have a dream'. The use of metaphor "satisfy our thirst for freedom...cup of bitterness and hatred" disagrees the quality of hating one another, while it also gives the biblical language when drinking from the cup. When describing "justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream", he is using simile to comment the capacity of the freedom the Negroes want. Many strong verbs are used in the speech to emphasize the seriousness of the issue through "engulfed", "battered", "staggered", while contrasting them with "transform", "exalted", "and revealed".

Marthur described personal experiences when he said "the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own...