ERIC Number: ED344248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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A Pedagogical Treatment of King's "I Have a Dream" Speech: Toward Incorporating Orality in Rhetorical Criticism.
Weitzel, Al R.
This paper first discusses the ways in which Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech demonstrates some of the fundamental principles that should be used to teach rhetorical criticism, and then offers a microscopic, intrinsic criticism of the speech. The paper's four sections (1) review the nature of written speech texts; (2) discuss an alternative emphasis on orality in criticism and the limitations of such an alternative; (3) focus on the worthiness of discourse for study and review previous studies of the discourse; and (4) examine the speech's intrinsic organization and unifying elements such as metaphors, transitions, and the rhythm of King's delivery. Fourteen notes are included; 32 references are attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: King (Martin Luther Jr); Orality; Rhetorical Strategies