Rhetorical Criticism of Two Famous Speeches

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History is made up of significant events which shape our future, and outstanding leaders who influence our destiny. Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy contributed to our history and ultimately, our destiny, in many ways. The events which took place in and around Martin Luther King’s life were earth shattering, for they represented an America which was hostile and quite different from America as we see it today. Black Americans needed a Martin Luther King, but above all, America needed him. On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in front of over 250,000 people, Martin Luther King gave an inspirational speech regarding freedom and liberty. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, black and white, all over the world to rethink their views of segregation and discrimination. In his speech he says “Now is the tim Continue...

In all aspects of judgment towards King's speech, I believe his discourse to be truthful and effective. Kennedy addressed many different topics, but always came back to the idea of liberty. " Like Martin Luther King, Kennedy challenged the American public with this idea that all men are created equal. pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. He preaches about what it is to be a human being, to have freedom and self-worth, and those ideas can be analyzed through an ethical perspective. I think this can not only be compared to the previous segregation of the 1960's, but also now, as not only African Americans, but people of the Muslim religion and others are still being discriminated against. e to open the doors of opportunity to all God's children. We, as Americans, and citizens of the world, must fight for liberty and justice, whether through words or war. He states that we as Americans must "...not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. King epitomizes equal opportunities of human beings. I think Martin Luther King's message is much more powerful and still echoes in the hearts of men, women and children today. " He told Americans: "Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country.


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