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Martin Luther King Jr Case

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In the speech "I have a dream" by Martin Luther King Jr and 'address to the plenary session' by Suzuki displays heavy language and literary techniques to create a strong opinion in both speeches as King is addressing the racial injustice of the African American meanwhile Suzuki is pointing out some of the environmental destruction the adult has caused. They speeches are very similar but the distinctions between the two are worlds apart. King expresses his speech with a formal and wise selection of words to shape his mean but Suzuki uses an innocent tone and presentation to get her message across to the audience.

King and Suzuki demonstrated their concerns through many literary techniques that further support their meaning. They both utilise very similar literary techniques such as imagery and anaphora. The strong use of imagery in both speeches, such as "I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animal, jungles and rainforests but now I wonder if it even exist for my children to see" by Suzuki bring forth images of the bountiful and beautiful nature before they are cut down to build cities and this causes the audience feel guilty of how they have denied future children or possible Suzuki's children from see the beauty of nature. King applies imagery to illustrate how badly the African American is being treated. "Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice" allow the audiences to visualise the mistreatment of the African American as if they were put into a searing flames. The effect is to spread the awareness of how cruel they have been treated to the public and expose the truth.

Anaphora is the main language technique of both speeches, the two composers have presented this technique to force their meaning out to the audience. "You don't know how to fix the ozone layer, you don't know how to bring salmon back up the dead stream, You don't how to bring back an animal now extinct" by Suzuki is targeting the audience and listing the problems they are creating but are unable to fix, causing them to feed guilty. King has used anaphora to indicate that one hundred years has pasted and there is still no change, he demands change now. This is through "But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free, one hundred years, the life of a Negro still sadly crippled by the manacles segregation and the chains of discrimination". Anaphora is heavily used in both texts to aid the composers to project their meaning out the audience since it emphasize on both text which allow the audience to understand the composer message or meaning.

The tones of composers was also an important technique that shape meaning into their speeches as their both projected a completely different tone due the fact that one composer is a child and then other a politician. Suzuki has an innocent and childish tone to

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