For a class assignment, I had to read and analyze Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. In his speech, Martin Luther King is trying to open the eyes of America and see that people of color are truly not free. His vision for America is that we will rise to our fullest potential, and all people despite their ethnicity would be united as one. To help convey his powerful message, Dr. King uses strong emphasis, metaphors, similes, repetition,allusion, and themes.
His major themes were equality, justice, dream, freedom, and unity for all people. Dr. King alluded to Abraham Lincoln, who emancipated the slaves, the Constitution, and Declaration of Independence. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence were two important documents that were written to insure that all men would be entitled to the rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. He also uses biblical allusions, and metaphors like "the quick sands of racial injustice" and "high plane of dignity and discipline". He use repetition to provide emphasis on phrases such as "I have a dream", "We cannot be satisfied", "Go back to...[state]", and "Let freedom ring". Martin Luther King dream was to fulfill the ultimate American dream, and in order to achieve that dream, themes such as unity, equality, and freedom has to be evident.