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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 ***** "I Have a *****." It c*****n be argued that King's speech is the more powerful ***** effective ***** ***** two for his purpose, the audience he addressed and his use of language.

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

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

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

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


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