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Persuasive Analysis of Robert F. Kennedy

3 Pages 750 Words March 2018

Shots fired! Tragedy rang across the nation. Martin Luther King Jr., a key leader in the Civil Rights Movement, was assassinated on April 3rd, 1968. The 60s was a very difficult time since there was an ongoing battle that all people should be equal despite your skin color.Which then ultimately just further divided for quite some time. The man to announce the tragedy to the country is U.S. Junior Senator, Robert F Kennedy. Although urged by police officials not to speak to the crowd(in fear for his safety), claiming they would not be able to protect him in the Black ghettos of Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Kennedy insisted anyways. He delivered a very passionate speech using literary devices such as Juxtaposition, syntax, repetition, and anecdotes that are meant to appeal to the audience's pathos creating sympathetic tone, which helps Robert Kennedy successful persuade peace.
Kennedy chooses to open up by stating the bad news of MLK’s death, so immediately the crowd is rushed with so many different emotions. Using this to his advantage he juxtaposes two “directions” that we can move in as a country He specifically states “you can be filled with hatred, bitterness, and desire for revenge” he contradicts with “or in great polarization, make an effort as Dr. King did to understand with compassion and love” (273). Kennedy appeals to the pathos of the audience by showing understanding to their immediate feelings. When he sheds light on the second direction, it connects to them on a deeper level because he is also reminding them of why we followed Martin in the first place.
It was complicated in the 60s for whites and blacks to see eye to eye so to ensure the people that he had understood how they felt, the author shares a personal experience where he writes “ a member of the family was killed, but he was killed by a white man” (273). Through this quote, he connects to the crowd by showing they all have one common enemy and...

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