Samantha Jacobs
Cara Coppola
English 101
08 December 2015
Imagery
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” Nicholas Sparks wrote that in his book A Walk to Remember, an amazing novel about two young teenagers who fall in love. Authors are able to capture their reader’s attention by using imagery. Imagery is visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work. Nicholas Sparks does an amazing job in that one sentence of grabbing the reader’s attention and having them picture in their head the feel of wind and it reminding them of love. Any writer who is able to have their readers close their eyes and visualize what they want them to see is just incredible. Although writing can have imagery in it, it is not the only form. Music, art and television can all have imagery to grasp their reader’s attention. Martin Luther King Jr, Sojourner Truth and Malcom X are just three well-known writers who were all able to symbolically grab their audience’s attention with imagery.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929, as we know our world was different and black people were treated with no respect. Mr. King was a Baptist Minister and led the civil rights movement in the late 50’s until his death in 1968.While leading the civil rights movement Mr. King gave over 300 speeches in each of his speeches he used a great amount of imagery. His most famous speech was “I Have a Dream”, this was given on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Washington D.C., Lincoln Memorial. This was one of the last speeches he gave and it was the most memorable. This speech was how he described his dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred. In this speech he says “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice; now is the time to life our nation from the quicksands of injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood” (King 103). In order to capture everyone’s attention when using you need to use images that no matter who is listening they are able to understand and picture what is being said. Mr. King does an incredible job of that in his speech. Even though what he is saying in this sentence is not straight forward if you are able to picture everything in the same way he is saying it, his message starts to become clear. This is an effective way to use imagery but it is not the only way.
Martin Luther King Jr. was put in jail on multiple occasions, in 1963 he led the peaceful march on Good Friday and again was taken to jail. While in jail he wrote letters speaking of the injustice one of them was titled The Letter from Birmingham Jail. In this letter he uses imagery that is nothing less than astonishing.
…you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she cannot go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Fun town is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people. (King 91)
This is a completely different type of imagery that still anyone can vision. As I read this I can see a little girl standing in front of me and her heart breaking because I am having to tell her that she is not able to do what she wishes because of her skin color. In my opinion this is the greatest kind of imagery. When an audience can become attached to something emotionally they are more likely to listen and truly take in what you are saying.
While Martin Luther King Jr. was a phenomenal speaker there was another person who came before him who was also able to speak on behalf of others. In 1797, Sojourner Truth was born into slavery. She was a feminist and spoke for every other women who was born black and had to deal with the