Martin Luther King Junior’s “I have a dream speech” is an important and famous speech in history, and even still a today a wonderful speech. What makes kings speech so grate? It’s his knowledge of figurative language. By using figurative language, he made people know how bad segregation was. King’s use of figurative language makes excellent examples on the effective use of metaphors.
King met society with the civil rights movement and with his famous I have dream speech. King showed “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation”. In the opening of King's speech he uses metaphors to compare the promises of freedom made in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the failure of these documents to procure the freedoms for all.
One of his metaphors is "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred." In this metaphor King compares freedom to a thirst quenching draught and cup bitterness.” King, better than most, understood how easily hatred and bitterness could end the entire equal rights movement.
One of the explicit metaphors in he uses to make his point about the lack of civil rights is banking metaphor. He suggests that the thousands of marchers have come to Washington to cash a check while he claims that the government has given the people of color a check with insufficient funds, or a promissory note that no one has paid.
One weather metaphor is said when king said “This sweltering summer of the negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.” In this part king compares the legitimate of African-Americans to sweltering summer heat and freedom and equality to invigorating autumn. Anyone who visited Washington would understand a “sweltering summer.”
Another weather metaphor in king’s speech...