Later that night President Ronald Reagan came on air to give the State of the Union address and talk on the tragedy that had just unfolded. Through this speech President Reagan consoles the families of those who lost their lives, the American schoolchildren, and the American public as a whole. He also gives this speech to reassure America of the viability of the NASA program and the light in the future. By the use of rhetorical skill, including analogy, strong emotional appeals, and his position of power, President Reagan manages to convince America that despite the tragedy the benefits of keeping a space exploration program greatly outweigh the losses.
Speeches for the Fallen: Pericles vs. Reagan Countless events throughout history have led to the much appreciated sacrifices of fellow humans, and one way for the community to honor this is to speak about it. Speeches such as Pericles’ Funeral Oration and Ronald Reagan’s Address to the Nation on the Explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger have been influenced by the same ideas and structures that created a lasting effect on their audiences. Both men talk about very grave subjects: honoring men and women lost performing their duties. Pericles addressed the loss of Athenian soldiers to battles against Sparta in ancient Greek times, while Ronald Reagan gave an on-the-spot speech over the relatively recent loss of astronauts during NASA’s Challenger mission.
The English epic, Beowulf, takes place in the Anglo-Saxon period where a tale of a hero named Beowulf is celebrated. “Explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger: Address to the Nation” is a speech devised by former President Ronald Reagan about the tragic death of the members of the Challenger Seven space crew. The crew members of the Challenger are similar to Beowulf because they both display courage. Although they both plunge into dangerous situations, Beowulf is more heroic than the members of the Challenger because during his hour of need, Beowulf is forlorn by his own warriors, but continues to fight on as though nothing can possibly stop him. To begin with, Beowulf is similar to the members of the Challenger Seven space crew because
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” was one of Nathan’s last words when he died on September 22, 1776. Could you have imagined how it would feel to die then when he was so young. Those were not the only famous words he said though. He also said “I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good is honorable by being necessary.” I don’t know how these amazing people can come up with these words when they speak.
The terrorist attacks on 9/11 have caused many debates over the years since they occurred back in 2001. Two American planes were hijacked and ran into the twin tower buildings, another was hijacked and headed for the pentagon, but thankfully never made it. Thousands of Americans lost their lives on the days of the attacks and to this day the sorrow hangs with us. Security was a huge debate of the time because America is supposed to be the safest nation there is, so how did this happen? America had lots of changes to make the attacks on September 11, 2001.
The documents of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that had landed the first humans to the moon have appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos and are effective in achieving its purpose. These documents were composed by different sources appealing to the audience and its use of ethos, logos, and pathos and how they each comply to make the documents potent to its purpose. Document 2 is a speech written for president Richard Nixon in case if there was a moon disaster. This speech was addressed to US citizens to notify them that the astronauts unfortunately could not make it back. Nixon appeals to pathos by using a strong sense of adjectives to describe their hard work they have done throughout this journey.
Literary Analysis Section Throughout history, choices were either made for the greater good or to benefit the person doing the choice making, but when President Truman decided to drop the first nuclear bomb in history he did so to end the war of all wars. One author who conveys the ramifications of President Truman’s fatal decision is John Hersey in his extraordinary novel, Hiroshima. In this collection of stories, Hersey explains in the tiniest of detail the lives of those who survived the horrifying bombing after the tragic event. Due to Hersey’s approach of telling the reader the raw accounts of Japanese people who came out unscathed, this novel was unforgettable and controversial.
The definition of a hero is different to many people, but those three characters matched up with mine as a true hero. Johnny died because he saved kids lives that he claims were “worth more than his”. Dally died fearless, heroic, and strong. He could not live without Johnny becuase he was the only one who understood how it’s like to have no family at all, and Dally had to witness him die right in front of his face. The most important thing is, that they both died a HERO, and Ponyboy will continue living as one.
“All these planes and crashes keep replaying in my mind everyday, that day will always be remembered as one of the most tragic attacks on America” (“Aaron Tveit”). September 11th was a very horrific day filled with sadness and grief. Terrorism then became a main priority to keep an eye on and making sure the United States stays safe. On this very date four planes were hijacked and forced to crash in specific locations. September 11th has changed the landscape of America by improving National Security, conducting better immigration laws, and the rebuilding of the community after the whole massacre.
The Cold War was a time when the world powers, the US and the USSR, made many technological advancements from weapons to space travel. Ronald Reagan was the US president that ended the tensions between the US and the USSR. On June 11, 2004, the former prime minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher, presented Reagan’s eulogy at his funeral. In her eulogy viewed by thousands worldwide, she depicts Reagan as a great man whose accomplishments united a torn nation and pulled the nation out of the Cold War.
(Hoekstra Database) The amount of courage and optimism Regan put towards ending Communism was remarkable. He was the first president to ever really attempt to make progress with Gorbachev because many other presidents and world leaders had a great fear of Gorbachev. Regan did not fear Gorbachev, actually from his first day in office, he tried to mend the relationship between the two nations. Many people thought Regan or any other U.S. president did not have the ability to end the cold war.
Ronald Reagan used to be an actor, before he ever became president of the United States. In fact, he starred in 50 films, for some of the three decades of his life. So he must have had great experience talking in front of a camera or a crowd. But when it came to his inauguration address, that was a different viewpoint, that's when he really made a difference. He was precise, reasonable, and compassionate to the people during his speech.
Reagan’s melancholic yet optimistic tone uplifts the nation. Reagan’s uses diction in his speech to create his optimistic tone. “We’re still pioneers. They the member of the Challenger crew, were pioneers” (4). Reagan explains that everyone will do something that is new, which makes everyone a Pioneer.
Ronald Reagan gave this speech on June 12, 1987, in Berlin, Germany. He was giving his speech during a time where the city of Berlin was split in two, between the USSR and the Western powers. These two sides had been very hostile to each other and war nearly broke out between the two. The wall that Reagan was referring to was a twelve foot wall with electric wires and guard towers to stop the East Germans from escaping to Western Europe. Freedom to leave USSR territory was not the only freedom that was limited by communism, in addition, many other aspects of the people’s lives were controlled by the government.