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1 In Kennedys speech he mainly concentrates on two types of persuasive discourse The first element of discourse that he makes obvious is Newmans Apologia Pro Vita Sua Corbett 23 This type of discourse is more commonly known as Political Apologia and it is most frequently used when a politician is trying to publicly apologize for some form of wrongdoing Kennedy makes this apparent right from the start He wants to let the audience know that he did not handle the situation in the right manner and is very sorry for what happened Kennedy makes this evident when he is stating how he entered a plea of guilty for leaving the scene of an accident and how it would not have been right for him to comment on the matter until he had made an appearance in the courtroom Kennedy is letting the audience know that he is bothered by the accident and does feel bad about what he did He shows this again when he states But tonight I am free to tell you what happened and to say what it means to me200 At this point in the speech Kennedy is trying to communicate to the audience that he is free and ready to let his guard down and tell the people what really happened on the night of the accident Kennedy needs to let the people know that he is upset over what has happened By displaying signs of political apologia at the beginning of the speech he has set the tone and foundation for what he is going to say and is now ready to deliver the rest of his discourse The other type of persuasive discourse that is evident within the speech is forensic discourse Kennedy uses this particular type of discourse because he wants to let the people know that he is a trustworthy person that he does have good sense and good moral
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