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The Very Different Same Essays Both Martin Luther Kings I have a Dream and George Orwells Shooting an Elephant are essays about denouncing racism through effective language manipulations for example figurative language and precise diction Both essays are powerful pieces that draw readers attention to the injustice of racism However the points of contrast between the two are clearly identifiable For purpose of discussion I will be focusing primary on the differences such as the use of figurative language sentence structure and method of presentation as well as tone Language Manipulation is one key element of a good quality essay Although both King and Orwell show a high degree of manipulations in figurative language and sentence structure they are in fact quite different Kings essay originally a speech is a highly persuasive and emotionally charged piece because of wide range of metaphor and biblical allusions By using allusions references to well known books stories and events he is able to present his speech smoothly providing that the audiences understand them For examples aFive score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation of Proclamation bI have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of sit down together at the table of brotherhood On the other hand Orwells essay is a narrative where in he relates a real life experience to condemn the injustice of racism His essay is quite abstract because of his use of the elephant as a symbol This forces the reader to interpret the symbolism in order to understand the authors purpose Another major language manipulation of the two essays is the sentence structure The most significant sentence structure manipulation in Kings essay is perhaps the use of repetition Because of the fact that his essay is presented as a speech the use of repetition allows King to emphasize his points For examples
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