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Throughout history there have been many great public speakers and speeches I have chosen to analyse Martin Luther King Juniors I have a dream speech Mark Anthonys eulogy for Julius Caesar from the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and Sir Winston Churchills On the beaches speech given in the House of Commons on June 4 1940 I will be analysing the techniques employed by these three men to convey their messages in these three speeches Martin Luther King Jr delivered his I have a dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on 28 August 1963 Martin Luther King was known as one of the best users of metaphors of all time and he demonstrated that ability throughout the speech Martin Luther King used metaphor to dramatically increase the power of his speech In describing the treatment of Negroes he said The life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination He later said Now is time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice These metaphors really paint strong visual images for the audience of how Negroes were treated and where they should be heading Repetition was a technique that was used constantly in this speech It was used as a way of building an atmosphere and getting the crowd involved in the speech The most moving use of repetition occurred about two thirds of the way through the speech where he used I have a dream to start each sentence In this section the main message of the speech is reinforced through repetition That message is that all men are created equal and his dream is to see that message realised By starting each sentence with I have a dream and then following it with variations on the theme of equality and justice the message has a
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