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Transcript of Rhetorical Analysis
Not an argument!
Author's impact on audience w/ strategies
Diction - choice and use of words
Images - figurative language
Details - details are items or parts that make up a larger picture or story
Language - tone
Syntax- structure of sentence
The speech below is "On the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Robert F. Kennedy. Read the speech carefully. Then, in a well-developed essay, analyze the rhetorical strategies Kennedy uses to persuade his audience to not seek revenge. Support your analysis with specific references to the text.
In the speech, “On the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Robert F. Kennedy, Kennedy uses rhetorical strategies to persuade the black community to not obtain revenge for what happened to Martin Luther King, Jr. Kennedy uses the alliteration of many words and persuasive diction to convince the black community to not fight and to make them feel like they are not alone in this time of despair.
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As a result, Kennedy is trying to persuade the black community to stay strong and to not use violence to try to solve this problem because violence is not the answer. Kennedy was able to accomplish this by using the repetition of words and the use of words to create a tone where the black community can relate and comprehend his point.
Kennedy utilizes alliteration in his speech to create a sense of seriousness but at the same time a sense of hope for the black community. For example, Kennedy explains, “What we need in the United States… what we need in the United States… what we need in the United States”. He creates a sense of seriousness when he explains this because he points out how divided and segregated the United States has become. In addition, Kennedy says, “We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past. We will have difficult times in the future.” This shows how Kennedy still has hope for the United States, its people, but most importantly for the black community. He knows that the black community will be very furious toward the white community for what they did to Martin Luther King, Jr. and he is trying to persuade them that through time and peace everything will be alright. Kennedy knows that they are going through a difficult time and that they will keep going through a difficult time but with unity and non-violent protests, equality will be achieved.
The type of diction and tone that Kennedy uses in his speech adds more feeling to it which because of that persuades the audience to understand that they are not alone. For example, Kennedy says, “We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization… Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did.” This demonstrates how Kennedy is basically giving the audience two options, either to keep the United States segregated and violent or to at least try to change the United States into a country where there is no hatred among the citizens. This creates a sense of a ‘wake-up call’ to persuade the black community to practice nonviolent protests because with violence nothing will be accomplished, but by peace and unity anything is possible. Furthermore, Kennedy’s choice of words further adds a persuasive tone to the speech. For example, Kennedy creates a tone of reflectiveness when he says, “I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, [and] he was killed by a white man.” This shows how Kennedy can relate to not only King’s family but also to the black community by explaining that one of his family member was killed by a white man and the he knows exactly what it feels like. The black community can understand this and feel a sense of togetherness since they are not the only ones that are going through this difficult time.