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.
So much in fact that we are now speaking to the children about the future, telling them that in order to have a future they must be brave, the American way. President Reagan appeals to several different emotions throughout the speech, he starts to wrap up the speech by telling a story, he tells a historical story of Sir Frances Drake and compares the astronauts that we have lost to him and his last exploration where he was killed doing the thing he loved. The speech is brought to a close with the biggest emotional appeal that Reagan uses all night, he uses a lingering tone when he recalls to the audience that the last time that we, or anyone ever saw these brave heroes was this morning, when they waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.” This was the last thing that he said and really left the country with a sense of sadness and loss, but even though we were sad and grieving, we had the
Former United States President, Lyndon B. Johnson, in his speech, Let us Continue, reflects on the assassination and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Johnson's purpose is to bring a feeling of peace within the American citizens and help them continue moving forward. He creates a nostalgic tone in order to convey a sense of sorrow and to resurface the dreams and aspirations oh John F. Kennedy in his audience. Johnson begins his speech by acknowledging that John F. Kennedy has been assassinated and reminds the Americans of Kennedy's aspiration by expressing his grief in the situation. He appeals to the emotions of the Americans by saying "No words are sad enough to express our sense of loss.
Reagan applies oratorical devices and figurative language to explain to the nation the passion and bravery the seven astronauts have. He uses parallel structure and listing to imply the passion and bravery the Challenger crew have. “But, we never lost an astronaut in flight, we’ve never had a tragedy like this” (2). The parallel structure creates a cause and effect to the tragedy. Its shocking devastation, however, it shows the nation how the future is creating new things.
Analyzing Challenger’s Address Delivered on January 28, 1986, Ronald Reagan’s speech addressing the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster was a plausible proof of the possibility to communicate various ideas during a tough situation effectively and efficiently. In a speech that lasted less than five minutes, Ronald Reagan managed to express his thoughts verbally and attempt to persuade his audience through an eulogy, a speech characterized by its epideictic occassion, that had been infused with a deliberative content that did not conflict with the core of the speech. Before one can analyze the details of Ronald Reagan’s speech, understanding the purpose behind the creation of the speech might be useful for understanding the context of the speech as a whole. Based on the speech how it relates to common speech purposes
Clinton advises the citizens, “When there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it,” (Clinton 11) because actively opposing acts of hate will aid in halting terrorism. His call to action is stated in the form of an anaphora because, in a cohesive structure, his ideas are clear to the frantic American citizens. By uttering his overarching purpose in an understandable fashion, the audience will better receive his message, and the effects are significant. Throughout the speech, empathy and trust are reestablished in Clinton which results in an united American population helping each other get through tough
But we’ve never lost an astronaut in flight; we’ve never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we’ve forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle; but they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly” (Reagan). While alluding to the horrific incident aboard Apollo 1, he makes certain of the fact that the families of the victims and citizens everywhere are aware of their bravery in this worst-case scenario that catastrophically played out on live television. He praises the bravery of the victims to not only carry their names on in virtue, but to also announce to the public that they did their jobs as well as they possibly could have in their horrendous situation. He is trying to paint a picture in the minds of the audience of bravery and comfort their worries of last second
Speaker Ronald Reagan in his speech, Speech on the Challenger Disaster, expounds a sympathetic tone to connect emotionally to the audience. Reagan’s purpose is to comfort the families who suffered tragic losses in the Challenger Disaster. He adopts a compassionate tone in order to allow the audience and the families who have lost someone in the accident to know he is thinking about them during this time. Reagan opens his speech by recognizing the losses people have suffered during this disaster. He relates to the emotions of the audience by using pathos, “ Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger.” Pathos allows Reagan to connect with his audience in a more personal manner by incorporating his feelings
Being personal is a good way to unify people. In this speech President Regan uses a rhetorical canon; which is style, effectively. President Reagan personalizes his speech by talking directly to the families of the fallen heroes. Personalizing the speech was a good choice because it is a more effective way of talking about the situation rather than just talking about the incident an informing what happened. Also his choice of using the words “us” and “we” triggers unity among the nation.
Throughout his speech Creon was able to effectively achieve his purpose of convincing his audience to agree with his decision on not burying Polyneices with the use of contrasting diction. In order to convince his audience that his way of ruling is the correct way Creon uses the rhetorical device of contrasting diction in his speech. This is done when Creon announced, “Eteocles, who died as a man should die, fighting for his country, is to be buried with full military honors, with a ceremony that is usual when the greatest heroes die…”. When talking about Eteocles and his honorary death, Creon uses words with a positive diction such as “honors, ceremony, and greatest heroes”, each of these words are linked to the positive connotation of a man with honor and great dignity. On the other hand, when speaking of Polyneices, Creon turns to the use of negative diction.