Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister at the time, gave a eulogy to the grieving American people in honor of the late Ronald Reagan on June 11th, 2004. In her speech, Thatcher used rhetorical techniques to show the strength and principles of Reagan and project those values onto the American people. To project the ideas of strength and firm ideals, Thatcher used repetition, elevated syntax and the tone of optimism and sincerity to convey her message. In the beginning of the speech, Thatcher used repetition to show what Reagan had accomplished in his lifetime. The author repeated the word ‘to’ and a verb to show the vastness of his reach.
Reagan states, "Not until I went into the churches of America and hurt her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great" (1983). Ronald Reagan and the writers of the speech adapted and analyzed the audience because the audience consisted of Christians and the speech included many references to the Bible and to God. Reagan supports the Christians and keeping America good through godly works and prayers (1983).
Reagan intrigues his audience to continue listening by declaring how “daring and brave” those heroes were. The president continues to praise them and say “they wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.” Sharing this line with the audience creates a nice transition from mourning over the loss, to the bright side of things of which is the cause they died
By using these rhetorical devices, he states key phrases more than once to create an urgency and therefore grab listener’s attention. To present his main points he will put into action during his presidency, Reagan uses logos on several occasions in his speech. Logically structured sentences that show his stance on the old government and a renewed one helps the audience to better understand why he believes what he does. For example, Reagan states, “Those who do work are denied a fair
If the speaker is your President, it makes it a lot easier for you to trust the speaker. FDR knew that if the audience gained trust in him, that they would be able to listen to him and believe him now. Not only does FDR start out his speech laying out his credibility, but he ends it letting the audience know who 's in charge. Towards the end of his speech, FDR states "As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense." In the beginning of his speech, he was letting the crowd know of his credibility, but here he is emphasizing that he is now in charge.
Cesar Chavez wrote a piece in the magazine of religious organization on the ten year anniversary of Martin Luther King. He starts off saying that Dr. King was a very powerful man with nonviolent means. Throughout his writing he gives many example of why nonviolence will ultimately succeed over violent means, and give of many appeals of emotional, logical, creditable justification. Dr. King may have dies, but with his death only more power has come to the peaceful citizens of the world. The audience that Chavez is addressing is very familiar with Dr. King, and the troubles he went through so it is not hard at all to relate to the audience with ideas of Martin Luther King.
In his March 1983 speech at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals, U.S President Ronald Reagan pledges to maintain traditional Christian values in America. He addresses the concerns of many in his evangelical base; the diminish of traditional values in the United States, as progressive legislation was being passed at an increasing rate in Congress and in the midst of the threat of communist atheism. Reagan was one of the most influential presidents in American History due to his policies that changed the trajectory of the United States and the world in the late twentieth century. His fiscally conservative economic policies allowed the American economy to thrive following the recession in the early 1980’s and his
There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.” This is repetition by repeating there is no problem with these things and then that the only problem is this. An example of allusion is “But I cannot help believing that He truly understands and that He really favors the undertaking that we begin here tonight,” where “He” is an allusion to God. He also appeals to a higher authority when he said “God.” Another example of allusion would be “All men are created equal.” That is an example of allusion by referring to the Declaration of
Margaret made Reagan seem like a regular person that anyone could have been friends with because he was like everyone else. Margaret emphasizes how strong her and Ronald Reagan’s bond was by adding his nickname “Ronnie…” which draws emotion (ethos) from the crowd(Thatcher). Thatcher gave Reagan a nickname in her eulogy so that the audience would be able to recognize how dear he is in her heart. Moreover, by inputting some of her personal life into the eulogy the audience feels closer and more connected to her. Margaret shares how she “...worked closely…” beside Reagan for “...eight…” of their “...most important years…” together(Thatcher).
Othello’s defense speech can be distinguished in two parts: the first part establishes him as a successful soldier and in the second part he describes how he won Desdemona’s love through his stories of adventures and not witchcraft. Unlike Brabantio, Othello is respectful and conscious of his words when he gives his speech. He begins with words of respect to the present members and addresses them as, “Most potent, grave, and reverend signers, my very noble and approved good masters.” (I.3.91-92) He continues to acknowledge and state the fact that he indeed has married Brabantio’s daughter Desdemona, “That I have ta’en away this old man’s daughter, it is most true; true I have married her.” (I.3.93-94) He continues to say, “The very head and front of my offending hath this extent, no more” (I.3.95-96) In this statement, Othello states that the very worst has been said of him. The line itself is ironic because Brabantio has made several accusations on Othello and the only thing he did was marry his daughter.
Ronald Reagan’s speech “A Time for Choosing” was televised on the national broadcasting station NBC in October 1964, to show his support for presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Reagan gave his speech to bring the people together in support of Barry Goldwater as well as to tell the American people the truth behind the rumors of Goldwater’s opponents. Reagan was a great public speaker and confronted all the statements made about Goldwater, and encouraged the American people to elect Goldwater as their president. Reagan was very influential when connecting to his audience.. Reagan had the advantage and knowledge of public speaking and knew how to speak effectively to arouse emotions and desires in people he was addressing. He had the ability to be able to portray the desperation in his speech to convince the audience.
We learned this lesson when President Carter took office. He was a President that contained a incredible and highly respectable character who the people loved. His character made him an incredible man who stood for justice, fairness, and hope. His love for the people allowed him to expand on human and social services (source 3). However that same believe was what convinced him to allow the Shah to enter the United States since, he agreed for “humanitarian, not political reason (source 4)”, since he couldn’t deny a person medical help.
Reagan’s faith played a unique and powerful role in presidency. He found no problem with the church and state working together. President Reagan once said, “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged”. Reagan incorporated prayer into his leadership and didn 't compromise his moral truths when taking office. In 1983 when U.S Marines were being brutally killed in Lebanon, Reagan demanded his national security adviser, Bill Clark to notify him regardless of the time of day so they could pray over the fallen soldier and their families.
Several citizens have been quoted saying that it seemed as if FDR was sitting across from them during these chats. By being open to his people’s concerns FDR was able to connect with his citizens and gain their trust, which was previously shaken. Another president, Abraham Lincoln is always quoted as “never telling a lie.” Every citizen looks upon these qualities favorably. No one is going to criticize a leader for being honest or talking to his citizens. The American President should focus on representing himself as a trustworthy and caring person.
Every president is either praised for helping advance a nation, or castigated for not doing anything. The success of a president is reliant on the success of the country. It seems that no matter the amount of work they put in during their time in office someone always has negative comments. If the majority of the country doesn’t stand behind the president nothing will be accomplished. The people are needed to help vote on bills put in place along with voting on who would make the best representatives.