I Have A Dream Speech Analysis of Martin Luther King

We have seen I Have a Dream speech analysis from countless sources over the years.  Unfortunately, the quality of such reviews has varied wildly–with most just barely skimming the service. In anticipation for a July 4 post, I watched several videos on the subject, and finally found one I was happy to share. The video, produced by youtube channel “The Nerdist,” offers up it’s own I Have a Dream speech analysis with a focus on… Read more »

Classic Speeches – Charlie Chaplin: The Great Dictator

Wildly controversial at the time of its release, the 1940 film “The Great Dictator” was written, directed, produced and starring famed comedian Charlie Chaplin. In the film, Chaplin plays duo roles, as both a ruthless dictator and a persecuted Jewish barber. In the climax of the film, Chaplin, in his role as the barber, is mistaken for the dictator and invited to give a speech to the nation. He uses the opportunity to make an… Read more »

Ronald Reagan – A Time for Choosing (October 27, 1964)

An excerpt from an old classic. In terms of delivery, it works as much for what it doesn’t do, as what it does–there’s no accidental pauses, no exaggerated inflection or gesticulation, no theatricality. As a result, the delivery comes off as sober, heartfelt, and matter-of-fact. Those traits in turn get projected onto the speaker–exactly the kind of characteristics one might want in a future leader.