Samantha CaseyCAS100CJune 1, 2019L03 AssignmentOn April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy delivered his “Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.” to the people of Indianapolis, Indiana. Kennedy had little preparation forhis speech, considering Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated early that day, and Kennedy wanted to deliver a speech to the citizens of Indianapolis to prevent a riot. Robert F. Kennedy’s audience was the citizens of a poor area in Indianapolis. While giving his speech the demographics of the audience, influenced Kennedy’s rhetorical choices. The size of the audience was large and consisting mostly of African American men and women, who were voluntary listeners, considering they thought Kennedy would be speaking about his candidacy but instead received the tragic news that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Due to the fact that the audience was not aware Kennedy was present to deliver tragic news, Kennedy had to make sure he maintained the audience’s attention and motivated the audience to remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of love and not hate to avoid a riot. Culture influenced Robert F. Kennedy’s rhetorical situation due to the fact that he had
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