Rhetorical Analysis Of Kfk's Speech

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Robert F. Kennedy was a United States Senator in New York from 1965 up until his death in 1968. Kennedy was a man who could get his message heard by thousands of people in a very short amount of time due to the uprise in technology. Robert F. Kennedy used his power to say some words regarding the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier that day. Kennedy channeled pathos, and used repetition, as well as appealing to anger, fear, and hope consistently throughout his speech. Robert F. Kennedy sunk his heart into the speech and moved many Americans in his final farewell to MLK Jr., as he pushed forward in supporting African-Americans and racial equality. In Robert F. Kennedy’s remarks to the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination consisted mainly of pathos. Kennedy reached out into the hearts of the American people and succeeded in his attempts. Kennedy opens his speech with “I’m going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening because I have some -- some very sad…show more content…
Almost every time that Kennedy talks about fear, he throws hope in right after it to create a forward-looking speech. “We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We've had difficult times in the past, but we -- and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness, and it's not the end of disorder.” He is saying that difficult times are ahead; violence, injustice, disorganization - these are all parts of our future. Kennedy then transitions “But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.” Kennedy again takes word for the majority that we want to live in harmony. He validates everything Martin Luther stood for and pushed it to seem like a great closer to a great man and his
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