Eulogy of Robert F. Kennedy
Like it or not we live in times of danger and uncertainty. That is the way he lived. That is what he leaves us. My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.'
Who is speaking?
Senator Edward Kennedy
Why was this speech important to society?
A Presidential candidate was assassinated. It also was the second assassination in the Kennedy family.
Why do you feel this is important or interesting?
I feel it is important because this family went through so much suffering. Both of Edward’s brothers were assassinated, and he lost his father during World War II. I find it interesting because there is so much emotion behind the words being said.
What is the emotion, mood, tone, personality, feeling of the speech?
It is a very emotional speech, very sad. There is personality because you can hear how upset Edward is while speaking which makes it very powerful.
What is intonation, emphasis, what is loud, stressed, or soft. Where are there pauses?
While talking about the things Robert worked on achieving there is evident stress on certain words. Ex. Wrong and Right, War and Stop, suffering and heal.
What do you FEEL should be loud or soft, long pause or rushed?
When there is high emotion I feel those words should stand out more. There are already pauses throughout the speech that are very important to the feeling of the speech.
Is there a call to action? When listening to it what are key/emphasized words?
Not so much a call to action speech, but makes the listener/reader want to carry on Roberts views on things.
How do you imagine that the audience felt?
I can imagine that the audience was very emotional. A Senator/ Presidential Candidate was assassinated, and it wasn’t even the first in the family. There was probably a lot of mourning for the Kennedy family.
Could there be another interpretation of the speech?
While listening it is very clear that it is a Eulogy speech. I don’t feel like there could be a misinterpretation of this speech.
Short Bio of the person giving the speech:
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. Serving almost 47 years, he was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history. For many years the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family, he was the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.; the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassination, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., killed in action in World War II; and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.