Analysis Of Ronald Reagan's Eulogy By Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain, portrays her sorrow in the death of Ronald Reagan, and emphasizes the former president’s accomplishments. Thatcher utilizes cause and effect to show how Reagan prospered under immense pressure of the public. Thatcher projects her admiration for Reagan by using glittering diction. Lastly, she adds shift change to show the changing tone in her eulogy. Margaret Thatcher appeals to not only Americans but others who are grieving the loss of Reagan through the use of informal tone and Thatcher creates a sense of relief and praise for the deceased. Thatcher goes on to highlight Reagan’s accomplishments by applying shining diction; for example “cheerful and invigoration…”, “lightness of spirit”,…show more content…
She uses informal diction to show her relationship between her and the deceased. Thatcher even calls the former president “Ronnie” to reflect on her personal and work relationship with Reagan. She creates a sense of nostalgia through her use of phrases such as “We talked regularly, both before and after his presidency…” She uses glittering adjectives to illustrate her point on how Reagan was a respectable man and how he was selfless for his country. Lastly, Thatcher applies shift change to show her developing tone throughout the eulogy. The first instance of this is in paragraph two she starts with a conjunction “yet.” She utilizes this to change the focus to Reagan’s accomplishments in his time as president. Another example of shift change is in paragraph twelve where she then uses the same conjunction “yet” to pull her attention to his ideals and his strength in defeating his Soviet enemies. Thatcher shows her affection and her admiration to Reagan by applying these three rhetorical devices. She speaks with a precise and smooth style while managing to clearly express her purpose. Thatcher creates a sense of reminisce of her late associate and former president by using informal tone, to construct a relationship between the reader and the late President Ronald
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