Case Study: Palsgraf vs. Long Island Railroad Co.

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Altraun Meyer
Mr. Wickham
Pre-Ap English II
April 4, 2013
Embrace and Change the Future
As Robert F. Kennedy perfectly stated “The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed.” Throughout Mr. Kennedy’s speech “Mindless Menace of Violence” he used the logos appeal and the rhetorical strategy of prognostication to get the crowd to see the importance of going home after breaking the news of MLK death. The logos appeal, was used perfectly to show the crowd that relations to MLK death weren’t what he would’ve wanted; for he was a man of peace and to respond in violence was against everything MLK stood for. As Mr. Kennedy expressed through his quote “No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason.” He needed them to go home or all the work that he and MLK had put in to get them the civil rights they fought for, would be destroyed as the picture that they portrayed was one of being a savage mob. “Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.” This is another statement Robert F. Kennedy made that day, in which he expressed the basis of the whole civil rights movement. That if they wanted to go out and strike back at the white community there would only be violence for their actions.“For whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7, this is a prime example of what Robert F. Kennedy wanted to get to the people through prognostication. Prognostication-the action of foretelling or prophesying possible future outcomes, the comment he made “We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future...
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