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Go to americanrhetoric.com and listen to OR watch Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech (https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm, includes transcript). Again, you may choose to listen to or watch this speech to complete this assignment.
To analyze this speech, pay close attention to its content, structure, and delivery. If you choose to watch the video version of the speech, pay close attention to Dr. King’s vocal delivery and physical delivery. If you choose to listen to the audio version of the speech, pay close attention to Dr. King’s vocal delivery.
After the speech, please answer the following three questions in your analysis:
1. Can you identify the moment Dr. King moves from a manuscript delivery to an extemporaneous delivery? Please explain.
2. Are you surprised to know that he did not plan to use the now famous “I Have a Dream” theme for this speech? Please explain.
3. Had Dr. King kept to his planned manuscript, as he did at the beginning of his speech, do you think it would have had the impact it has had in the U.S. and globally. Please explain.
Knowledge of speech delivery is of importance.