Robert Kennedy delivered this speech entitled “The Mindless Menace of Violence” to an audience in Cleveland, Ohio on April 5, 1968. In his speech Kennedy discusses the incidents of violence in America that shatters the lives of innocent citizens. As you listen to the speech try to identify some of the characteristics of oration. Find examples of rhetorical question, loaded words, use of the pronoun “we”, parallelism, metaphor, imagery, and repetition. Identify sections of ethos, pathos, and logos. What words create an emotional response for you, or what phrases call you to action.
Write a blog response that describes what elements of oration you find compelling in Kennedy’s speech.
Your response must be posted by Monday 12/13/10.
You can print or read the text of the speech at this link.
Robert Kennedy. (1968). “The Mindless Menace of Violence”. Mind Walker Studios Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Vll-t0H6A [Video] November 29, 2010.