Rhetorical Analysis: The Challenger Address

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Speeches are used to commemorate points of history, and inform the general public of the product of their history but what makes a speech so impacting on it’s audience? Rhetorical devices give speeches and works of literature a way that can convey feelings or ideas to a viewer. When addressing during times of war or chaos, people such as Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill used these terms to better connect with their audience. Without these tools of the english language, dialogue and literature would be all the more dull and unappealing. However, with these useful instruments, writers and speakers can better communicate through some of the many rhetorical devices.
The Gettysburg Address was given during the year of 1863. During this time period, the bible was one of the main books that was taught to the majority of American citizens.
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Reagan compared the fallen crew to Sir Francis Drake in the following text ,”On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and an 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.” (Reagan) Additionally, the crew is indirectly compared to angels in the final line of the president's dialogue. Through the phrase, “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’”, they are depicted as ‘to touch the face of God’ and that they have ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’. However, when appealing to emotions, their is a need for factual support as well. In Winston Churchill’s Their Finest Hour their is use of the factual rhetorical device known as
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