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

***** intended audience affected how each man wrote his statement. Jefferson used elaborately structured language, because ***** message was to the upper class and royalty of England. For instance, his opening sentence starts, "When, in ***** course of hu***** events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected *****m with another...." This sentence conta*****s seventy-one words. By comparison, King's audience ***** the entire United States. His opening ***** is only seventeen words and immediately refers ***** the main issue directly by mentioning the Emancipation Proclamation. *****'s ***** continues with complex vocabulary ***** 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 to l*****ten to. This is why we call it ***** "I ***** 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 ***** most ***** those who could not read it ***** hear it, but his audience was the rulers of ***** -- Parliament and King George. King, ***** contrast, knew ***** audience ***** all of the Un*****ed States. While he wanted to influence government policy, he did this by influencing the ordinary citizens.

The content of ***** ***** works reflect their different audiences. Jefferson's work used legal and legislative terms, because that was his audience. ***** 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 contrast, King was not arguing about law. Laws ***** already been passed that should have assured his race of equal treatment and opportunities. In fact the American Constitution had been amended to reflect *****. In spite of t*****, the United States ***** a l*****nd of inequality based on color. The content of ********** speech ********** 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 purposes of the two writers, however, had similarities as well ***** differences, ***** both men were protesting a situation where in *****ory, a group of individual had rights and freedoms, but in reality, many barriers were put before them. However, Jefferson's "Declaration ***** Independence" also amounted to a declaration of war. He was well a*****e that the Brit*****h govern*****t would not simply let

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