Robert F Kennedy Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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On April 4, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivered the nation with the horrific news of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In doing so, Robert F. Kennedy makes an attempt at persuading the audience to make the best decisions for the benefit of this country. He believes that all citizens who are filled with anger and hatred should not give into their desire for revenge, but learn to love and forgive. Robert F. Kennedy effectively supports The argument of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech is that Americans should replace their bitterness and hatred with the desire to love and forgive. Robert F. Kennedy effectively develops and persuades his argument with the use of rhetoric and references. For instance, on page thirty-five paragraph three the text states, “Martin Luther King …show more content…

King by finishing the job he left behind, to create love and peace all over the world Leading up to Robert F. Kennedy’s argument, he uses a lot of rhetoric to persuade the audience. For example, he refers to a poem by Aeschylus in attempt to share his point of view with the audience. Through the poem, Robert F. Kennedy admits that all will feel pain and despair from the tragedy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. However, he explains both he and Aeschylus know that knowledge and wisdom can come out of this pain and despair. Robert F. Kennedy’s argument is appealing because he uses ethos to connect with his audience. On page thirty-five paragraph five the text states, “I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.” Robert F. Kennedy wants the audience to believe all that he says and he does so by developing credibility. Robert F. Kennedy is credible because he lost his brother to an assassin, as African Americans have lost Martin Luther King Jr. to an assassin. Robert F. Kennedy also uses the argumentative appeal of logos to support his argument. He

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