The Assassination of John F Kennedy

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Who was John F. Kennedy?

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was one of the 9 Kennedy children. He was the second child born to Rose and Joseph Kennedy. His childhood was full of illnesses from measles to chicken pox. When he eventually came down with scarlet fever his parents worried that he would die. He grew on to excel in school and was a charismatic person. The family made the move to Boston where he attended Harvard. Because he was an Irish Catholic living in Boston, he had a difficult time fitting in at Harvard University. However, he was driven to be successful. This is the drive that led him to be the president of the United States.

Unmasking the Assassin

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Lee Harvey Oswald was a former U.S. Marine. His start was a little rough. His father passed away before his birth and his mother left the Oswald brothers to fend for themselves to work long shifts. He regularly skipped school and was detached. After joining the Marines, he was court-martialed twice for violent behavior. He moved to Russia for a while, but later returned to the United States with a wife and daughter. They moved to Texas and Oswald got a job in the Texas School Book Depository where he later killed John F. Kennedy.
The reason of John F. Kennedy's assassination was never confirmed. Lee Harvey Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby before trial.
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The Kennedy's ride an open top convertible in Dealey Plaza where he is murdered.

Marxist Criticism

From a Marxist perspective, the reason behind the death of John F. Kennedy is quite simple. Kennedy was an rich and powerful man, Oswald was not. It may have been jealousy that killed the president. Lee Harvey Oswald wanted to kill the most powerful man in the country to make up for his unimportance.

Cultural Criticism

The two men had a different culture growing up. Lee Harvey Oswald was detached and had to fend for himself while JFK was popular and grew up with a big family that had a lot of love for him. Oswald's violent behavior was a result of the way he was raised.