– the futurea) What is the key word in this part?
b) What is the key word from lines 24 to 28 showing that King’s optimism is based on his religiousbeliefs
The keyword from lines 24 to 28 showing that King’s optimism is based on his religious beliefs is FAITH.
c) Why are King’s images taken from the Bible or from nature?
King takes his images from the Bible because he is a pastor used to religious references. He alsouses images of nature as Blacks who listen to him have traditionally a country background. Natureis also frequent in the Bible, it is the creation of God and somehow noble.
d) Give the names of the religions alluded to line 48. Why are they all mentioned?
The names of the religions alluded to are Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism as they represent themain religions in the US at the time of the speech, black people being predominantly protestants.
King isinterested in people from all walks of life, from all ethnic origins
e) Tick the correct answer and justify each time with an example from the text.
King wants to give his religious conviction to the whole American people. Yes
“all of God’s children”.
means all of mankind.
He becomes a kind of new prophet preaching from the top of a mountain. Yes
He lists high mountains of the US and says “
from every mountain side let freedom ring
He wants to be heard by the whole human race. Yes
For him, a church minister, “
all of God’s children
” means all of mankind.
f) Why does he quote an old Negro spiritual?
He quotes an old Negro spiritual known to his audience. It moves them and makes them proud.
g) Put the names of the states mentioned by Martin Luther King on the map.
Georgia MississippiAlabama New Hampshire.New York Pennsylvania Colorado California Tennessee
Symbolism and imagery
a) Complete the following table with examples from part one and two; choose only someexamples.
Use of repetitionsof sentencesUse of synonymsUse of parallelconstructionsOppositionsand antonymsImages from theBible or fromnatureMetaphors(2 examples)
I have adreamWith thisfaithLet freedomringprodigiousmightyheightening
The sons of formerslaves and thesons of former slaveowners.Not be judged bythecolor of theirskin butby the content of theircharacter.Little black boysandblack girls, littlewhiteboys and whitegirls
To work together, topray together, …From everyvillage…every citySlaves, slaveowners,Injustice andoppression,freedomand justice.The janglingdiscordsand a beautifulsymphony.The table of brotherhood.All of God’schildrenwill be ableto singAll of God’schildren… will be ableto joinhands andsing.Mountain,everyhill andmolehill,mountainsideMississippi iscomparedto a desertstateswelteringwith theheat of oppressionandinjustice, itwill becomean oasis of freedomand justice.We will beable to hewout of themountainof despair astone of hope.