President Reagan Ethos Pathos Logos

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In this speech, like many speeches given by past Presidents there are multiple rhetorical proofs being used. In this speech President Reagan is trying to spark emotion within the audience; a pathos rhetoric. For example, he stated “But in the West today, we see a free world that has achieved a level of prosperity and well-being unprecedented in all human history.” President Reagan is sparking empowerment and emotion in the audience by telling them what they are capable of. He does this while relying on a logical or logos rhetoric to convince the audience of his point. For example he states “Where four decades ago there was rubble, today in West Berlin there is the greatest industrial output of any city in Germany--busy office blocks, fine homes and apartments, proud avenues, and the spreading lawns of parkland.” Using his knowledge of the history of Germany to relate and state his logical reasonings for his point. …show more content…

He persuades them by using an ethos rhetoric, by stating himself as a President of a powerful country and using that as a tool to persuade the audience. He is stating exactly who he is and what he is doing; “We come to Berlin, we American presidents, because it's our duty to speak, in this place, of freedom.” This is an effective tool, using a mix of rhetorics to persuade the audience. The statements he makes lets the audience know that he is indeed knowledgeable, more so than the average man while giving a sense of empathy to the German citizens and keeping his stance and confidence in his title as President of the United States. Using a combination of these three rhetorics leads to a persuasive

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