The eulogy tries to make the tone happy when Kennedy talks about Dr Martin

The eulogy tries to make the tone happy when kennedy

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assassinated earlier in the day. The eulogy tries to make the tone happy when Kennedy talks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s beliefs and the future Dr. King would want to lead the African American community in: “… to replace violence, that stains of bloodshed that spread across our land, with our effort to understand with compassion and love.”(Kennedy 893) The tone goes from happy to a more understanding tone when Kennedy starts to relates the pain he went through when John F. Kennedy gets assassinated to pain the African American community from the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s: “I had a member of my own family killed, but he was killed by a white man.”(893) The circumstance may differ because in the Kennedy’s case a member of his own race assassinated his brother, but the pain should still resemble the pain of the African American community. The tone gets helped by the use of parallelism when Kennedy tells the nation to move forward in one unit. Letting the sentence structure get built up like that gets the point across in a better way. Kennedy ends with an allusion from one of Aeschylus’s poems to continue to show an understanding of the circumstance the African American community goes through. Clearly the tone needs to start sad because the leader of the civil rights movement just died, but Kennedy keeps trying to bring the spirits of the African American community up and to let them feel like they don’t need to move forward alone.
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  • Fall '10
  • MEUWISSEN
  • Tone, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy

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