Nobel Speeches: Martin Luther King vs. Harold Pinter

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Nobel Speeches: Martin Luther King vs. Harold PinterThe Nobel Prize is an international award administered every year by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden and began in 1901. So far, it has been given to over seven hundred recipients on behalf of outstanding achievements in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and economics and for the promotion of world peace. On December 10, 1964, Martin Luther King won the Nobel Prize for Peace for spear heading the civil rights movement. Another winner of this prestigious award was Harold Pinter, who won the prize for Literature in 2005. The acceptance speeches of these two men are two of the most well known speeches given by Nobel Prize winners. Although both speeches have several similarities, they also have several differences. Both men came from entirely different backgrounds, and their different views and goals are expressed in their acceptance speeches for the Nobel Prize.

Additionally, these differences are seen by the content, tone, and overall disposition of both speeches.

Martin Luther King was a civil rights activist, whose efforts in the movement led to the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered another one of his famous speeches, known as his "I Have a Dream" speech. After giving this speech, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in the history of the United States. In 1964, Martin Luther King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and through other non-violent means. In his speech, he showed his concerns for the United States and expressed his ideas of how to make the world a better place for everyone. His ideas were expressed through finding a...