group that he felt would have a response that was both dramatic and emotional in order to defuse the potential of emotionally charged riots. He calmly approached the audience with a speech that spoke to listeners on a personal level. His speech delivered a message of peace, love, comradery, sorrow, and mourning. “Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black -- considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge” (American Rhetoric). Kennedy wanted his audience to understand that the feelings they might have been experiencing at that time were both mutual and warranted. He identified with the emotion of his listeners by acknowledging Dr. King’s mission to bringing all cultures together and reduce racial tension among African Americans and Caucasians. This delivery resulted, in what I believe, to be one of the most personal heartfelt speeches ever given.
Robert F. Kennedy gave a speech that touched on all aspects of a rhetorical situation. He
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