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

***** intended audience affected how each man wrote ***** statement. Jefferson used elaborately structured language, because his message was to the upper class and royalty of England. For instance, his opening sentence starts, "When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the pol*****ical bonds which have connected *****m with another...." This sentence contains seventy-***** words. By comparison, King's audience ***** the entire United *****. His ***** sentence is only seventeen words and immediately refers ***** the main issue directly by mentioning the Emancipation Proclamation. *****'s speech continues with complex vocabulary and extremely long sentences, while King' speech is almost like poetry in some places, creat*****g clear images and using ***** ***** is easy to underst***** and to listen to. This is why we call it ***** "I have a dream" speech. That simple sentence resonates in the speech ***** communicates his intent 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 ***** most ***** those who ***** not read it ***** hear it, but his audience was the rulers of ***** -- Parliament ***** King George. *****, ***** contrast, knew ***** audience was all of the United States. While he wanted to influence government policy, he did this by influencing the ordinary citizens.

***** 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 ***** had with specific laws that had been passed. In contrast, King was not arguing about law. Laws ***** already been passed that should ***** assured his race of equal treatment and opportunities. In fact the American Constitution had ***** amended to reflect *****. In spite ***** this, the United States was a land of inequality based on color. The ***** ***** King's ***** *****s this reality using rich language 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 ********** of the two *****, *****ever, ***** similarities as well as differences, because 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 ***** *****dependence" also amounted to a declaration of war. He w***** well a*****e that the Brit*****h government would not simply let


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