Obligatorisk opgave 9 – Engelsk B – e-learning – René Rubion
Obligatorisk opgave 9 (400-600 ord):1. Find out what dictions King uses in his speech “I Have a Dream” and also whatmetaphors and symbols and to what effect they are used.
I have selected the following list of dictions from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”-speech,all of which are metaphors. As King was a Baptist minister, it comes as no big surprise that many of the wordings are from the Bible. (Or at least they sound very biblical to someone like me who never read the Bible). Apart from that, he also uses some expressions from the monetary world, a fewmusical terms and lots of geographical words like “mountains”, “oceans” and “valleys”. We alsoget some weather and seasons and even a reference to the steam trains that conquered The West.The phrase “I have a dream” is in it self a repeated reference to the American Dream of freedomand prosperity that King so eloquently and elegantly reminds his white brothers is still mostly their privilege...a great beacon light of hope...a vast ocean of material prosperity...a promissory note...a bad check [..] has come back marked “insufficient funds”...the bank of justice is bankrupt...the great vaults of opportunity....the dark and desolate valley of segregation....the sunlit path of racial justice....the quick sands of racial injustice...the solid rock of brotherhood....sweltering summer of [..] discontent....invigorating autumn of freedom....blow off steam....the whirlwinds of revolt....the bright day of justice....drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred...rolls down like waters....like a mighty stream...the storms of persecution....the winds of police brutality...the valley of despair...the table of brotherhood...hew out the mountain of despair a stone of hope...the jangling discords....a beautiful symphony of brotherhood...let freedom ring from.. [hilltops/mountains etc.]King is constantly painting pictures in our minds by his use of metaphors. It is practicallyimpossible to read or hear his words without getting emotions triggered by the images his speechcreates in ones mind. King drives his tourist bus really smoothly, guiding us through his richlyvaried emotional landscapes, making sure we read the messages on the billboards along the road. Inever read the speech before, but now I know for sure that just as Elvis was the King of rock´n roll,Martin Luther was the King of rhetoric. Awesome!Side 1 af 2