Rhetorical Analysis Of A Speech For The Brave

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A Speech for the Brave In January of 1986, the space shuttle, Challenger, explodes in orbit, killing seven astronauts. Hours later, the fortieth president addresses the morning nation. He begins, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans.” Ronald Reagan pushes aside his schedule to address the bravery of fallen NASA astronauts. Already, Reagan displays that the present issue is more important than his busy agenda. President Reagan addresses his speech to the people of America, especially the children. First, he begins to comfort them, then he reassures and inspires the people to keep moving forward. In the end, Reagan successful grabs hold of all three elements, pathos, ethos, and logos to meaningfully continue the astronaut’s legacy. …show more content…

In the memorial speech, Reagan succeeds to inspire America though hardships. He declares the service and bravery of the deceased “they wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.” Reagan also establishes the intensity of the speech by saying how “this is truly a national loss.” Then he restores the hope of the American people, how to space program will keep going no matter what. While encouraging the children, who had just seen seven people detonate, Reagan utters his famous line, “It’s all part of taking a chance… The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.” Overall Reagan uses the pathos of the situation to deliver an inspiring

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