The Very Different Same Essays
Both Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” and George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” are essays about denouncing racism through effective language manipulations, for example, figurative language and precise diction. Both essays are powerful pieces that draw reader’s attention to the injustice of racism. However, the points of contrast between the two are clearly identifiable. For purpose of discussion, I will be focusing primary on the differences
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audience on the Imperial British Empire. By using the elephant and the suffering of the elephant, he, ironically, reflects the weakening and corrupting British Empire. His tone is pessimistic; he abstractly shows a story to prove his point. He is indirect and unclear about his purpose.
Both Martin Luther King and George Orwell presents their purpose in arguing against the racial injustice. However, because the method used is different, they are effective to different audiences.