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Famous Speeches - Thomas Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence" and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"

Two of the most famous speeches In the United States calling for freedom are ***** Jefferson's "***** of Independence" and Martin Luther King's "I ***** a Dream." It can be argued that King's speech is the more powerful and effective ***** the two for his purpose, ***** audience he addressed and his use of language.

The intended ***** affected how each man wrote ***** statement. Jefferson used elaborately structured language, because his message was to the upper class and royalty ***** England. For instance, ***** opening sentence starts, "When, in the course of hu***** events, it becomes necessary ***** one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected *****m with another...." This sentence contains seventy-one words. By comparison, King's audience ***** the entire United States. His opening sentence is only seventeen words and immediately refers ***** the main *****sue directly by mentioning the Emancipation Proclamation. Jefferson's ***** continues with complex vocabulary and extremely long sentences, while King' speech is almost like poetry in some places, creating clear images and using ***** that ***** easy to understand and ***** listen to. This is why we call it ***** "I have a dream" speech. That simple sentence resonates in the speech and communicates his *****tent very clearly.

The two statements also varied in content. Tomas Jefferson surely knew that all Colonists who could read would read The Declaration of Independence and that most of those who ***** not read it ***** hear it, but his audience was the rulers of ***** -- Parliament and King George. King, by contrast, knew ***** audience was all of the United *****. While he wanted to influence government policy, he did this by influencing the ordinary citizens.

The content of ***** two works reflect their different audiences. Jefferson's work used legal and legislative terms, because that was his audience. While he mentioned individual rights, he ***** what governments should be doing for people and listed specific grievances the Colonists had with specific laws that had been passed. In *****, King was not arguing about law. Laws ***** al*****y been passed that should ***** assured his race of equal treatment and opportunities. In fact the American Constitution had ***** amended to reflect *****. In spite ***** t*****, the United States was a land of inequality based on color. The ***** ***** ********** ***** reflects this reality using rich language to lay out ***** evils of segregation and racism. Both writers used poetic language to get ***** points across, but King's structure is much easier ***** understand.

The ********** of the two *****, however, had similarities as well ***** differences, ***** both men were protesting a situation where in *****ory, a group of ***** h*****d rights and freedoms, but in *****, many barriers were put before them. However, Jefferson's "Declaration ***** Independence" also amounted to a declaration of war. He was well aware that the Brit*****h govern*****t would not simply let


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