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Parallelism In Ronald Reagan's Speech

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On January 28, 1986, President Ronald Reagan addresses a speech to American citizens about the Challenger Shuttle Disaster. He uses rhetorical devices to covey his grief and support the victims’ families, along with curing the pain that fall upon the Americans. President Ronald Reagan takes his words to show his grief and to show how he and the American citizens have been affected by the calamity. President Ronald Reagan uses pathos to express his opinion about the disaster. He brought his wife to show his strong emotional side about this event. “Nancy and I pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle disaster.” He uses the respect that the country has for him, to show how important tragedy is by speaking in the first person about how…show more content…
He utilizes parallelism in his speech to American citizens to describe who the crew members are. “They, the member of the challenge crew, were pioneers.” President Reagan explains how the seven crew members had the hunger to learn more about space and brave enough for wanting to get there. He mainly resemblance the braver, courage and journeys of the space astronauts to these great explores of the past. President Reagan showed the American citizens that this horrible event does not stop them from learning about space. “On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer of Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were ocean, and a historian later said, He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it: Well, today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake’s, complete.” He relates the death of the members of the Challenger to famous explorer, Sir Francis Drake. He is trying to show that even sir Francis died, his crew continued to fund exploration missions, just like he will continue to fund for NASA’s missions. President Reagan used parallelism in order to show that the learning about space, and NASA missions will continue. He also says great things about the crew members. While he mentions anaphora to express how NASA will continue to embark on missions and taking
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