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Two score and nine years ago a great American in whose shadow we stand delivered one of the most captivatingly effective speeches in the history of the United States Dr Martin Luther King Jr had a dream that would become known across the globe due to the powerfulness with which it was delivered With his effective and intriguing use of allusions various figures of speech and patterns of diction Dr King left the world in a trance persuading each and every one of his listeners that his dream was vitally relevant to the entire nationThroughout the speech Dr King refers to multiple significant documents and speeches from American history These allusions evoke national pride in each of his listeners allowing them to feel that the speech is truly intended for every single American because the documents he alludes to govern and address every American not just specifically those of African descent Initially in his speech Dr King begins with an obvious allusion to the Gettysburg Address using a variation of Lincolns Four score and seven years ago Much like Kings speech the address was focused on uniting the Americans and in his beginning with that allusion Dr Kings listeners begin pondering the great man who was infamous for making all Americans free A second allusion evident in the speech refers to the great American document that was the Declaration of Independence This document was and is perhaps the most important document in United States history for it declared all the people that were a part of the land Americans National pride and a sense of equality are surely drawn from the listeners and every American who would hear the speech at any future time These allusions to significant national documents allow for the listeners to realize that the dream Dr King is presenting one of complete equality directly effects and relates to the nation as a whole and is of the utmost importanceBesides allusions that
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