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Notion Places and forms of power : how speech used to exert power, and in what different forms and places ?

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Finally, my personal document is an extract of the famous speech of Martin Luther King ‘I have a dream”,delivered in 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement. The key message in the speech is that all people are created equal and, although not the case in America at the time, King felt it must be the case for the future. He argued passionately and powerfully.The intensity of King’s speech is built through bold statements and rhythmic repetition.

Each repetition builds on the one before and is reinforced by Martin Luther King’s ever increasing passion.

King’s speech was not only the emotional moment of the March on Washington, but also a testament to the transformative powers of one man and the magic of his words.

Fifty years later, its most famous lines are recited by schoolchildren and have inspired musicians. His speech exert such a potent hold on people around the world and across the generations because of his ability to convey, over a lifetime, the urgency of his arguments through language richly layered with biblical and historical meanings.

We can therefore say that the speech is an endless source of power and has considerable power on people. This can encourage us to believe in our plans and can push us not to give up our dreams and our convictions.

To conclude, I think that the power of speech and language can be used by anyone and anywhere. Our word says something about our life and our personality which makes us vulnerable and strong at the same time. It is a power capable of destroying lives like saving them, inflicting wounds and healing them.


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