Bitzer Jessica Dulz

The primary audience that Robert Kennedy was targeting was the people in the audience at the time and all of those in this nation that would be hearing his speech. Although this now continues on to many others that he had not anticipated to hear this, such as all of us. The power of technology has allowed history to preserve many great things such as this to let future generations hear/ watch it and learn from it. At the surface the main point of this speech is to announce the death of MLK, however that does not become the main message that I believe the audience gets from this speech while hearing it. Kennedy speaks of changing our nation and reestablishing it to become something better so that MLK's death was not for nothing, and so it would always be remembered. Kennedy calls upon the people to question how we as a nation will react to this. Whether we choose to remain the same or we evolve, and become something much greater. He argues that there will be change and justice throughout the United States. Kennedy had the responsibility of bringing one nation together over a tragic situation and ensure to both sides that this change, that was going to come, was the best option possible. Some constraints that were present during the time of this speech were the high emotions of those that had agreed with what MLK stood for and those that disagreed with him. Either way Kennedy was going to aggravate one side and he had to do so with as much ease, and professionalism as possible to achieve the desired result.

ethos: Robert Kennedy was credible because he was a political figure, and came from a well trusted family that had a history in the government.
pathos: appealed to the emotions of the black community members about the tragedy of the assassination, and brought up the death of his brother, which gave him sympathy from the audience about his own life experience that made him more "human".
logos: at the beginning it was thought to simply be about the death, however it became much more about how the nation needed to evolve from this, and in which ways it needed to become different for the better of the American people as a whole; this included both races.

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