In his emotionally inspiring speech, “Shuttle Challenger Address,” Ronald Reagan expresses his deepest condolences to the people most affected by the Challenger accident. He advances his speech with a gentle yet strong willed facade in order to inspire the future generations of astronauts to not let this tragedy affect their future endeavors. Raegen then briefly puts his presidential status aside in order to further express the depth of his pain, not only at a presidential level, but as an American citizen concerned for the well being of his country. Raegen applies different types of rhetorical devices in order to emotionally appeal to the people most affected by the accident, while at the same time encourage the general public to not let this
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
In Ronald Reagan’s “The Challenger” speech, he uses the rhetorical device pathos, or the appeal to emotion, in order to connect the pain that his family, the entire nation, and the families of those affected by the disaster were feeling. As WordPress.com said, “Reagan uses his delivery, use of dictation, and appeals to pathos to help attempt a nation to recover, eulogize seven men and women, and give a new home to the American people”. About his family and the entire nation, “Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the Challenger…We know we share this pain with all of the people of our county.” (Reagan 1), and about the families of those in the disaster, “For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact
As well, figurative language in his speech showed the passion and bravery the astronauts had. “As they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of god’” (8). His use of personification justifies to all citizens that the journey that turned into a disaster was not their last. It was only the beginning for them. “In his life time the great frontier were the oceans” (7).
Senator Mike Lee (2014) is quoted saying Reagan had, The cadence of confidence. He had the cadence of courage. He had the cadence of compassion. The next time you place a call to the Reagan Ranch, you should hope to be put on hold. If you are lucky enough to have that happen to you, you will hear that confident cadence of courage in the voice of Ronald
Through strong, descriptive words Reagan paints vivid pictures of the wall and motivates the audience to yearn for a united city. For example, by stating “every man is a German separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar,” Reagan causes the listeners to view the wall as an unattractive mark upon the earth. Because people desire attractive things and want to remove blemishes, Reagan’s metaphor of the wall as a scar, a blemish on the earth, causes listeners to desire the eradication of the wall. Also, Reagan recalls to the audience a sign he had seen which celebrated the Marshall Plan.
In the extract of President Ronald Reagan speech, Reagan discusses the critical necessity for freedom in countries and the lacking of it in Communist worlds, such as the Soviet Union. He achieves this by incorporating logos and pathos, to persuade the audience to question their own beliefs and see his point of view, multiple uses of repetition to enforce his views and thoughts, and several examples of syntax to further amplify the purpose of his essay. Logos and pathos are both used regularly by Reagan in his speech in order to persuade his listeners of taking his words into consideration and swaying their opinions. He uses pathos to emotionally persuade people by directly addressing General Secretary Gorbachev, to open the gate and tear down the Berlin wall if he truly sought peace, prosperity and liberalization. To the audience, it would seem ridiculous not to agree with Reagan’s statement, which is something both Reagan and Gorbachev would know.
Then former prime minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher, recited a eulogy in 2004 in remembrance of former President of the United States Ronald Reagan on how both world leaders were so close. Thatcher’s purpose to speak about President Ronald Reagan was to show how great of a leader Reagan was during the political upheaval during the Cold War. She adopts a heartwarming tone in order to show the citizens of the United States the level of leadership and heroism he incorporated when trying to prevent two countries from the destroying the Earth and humanity itself. Thatcher begins the eulogy towards President Reagan by mentioning that not just the citizens of the United States has lost a great president but that the whole democratic world has lost a great and influential man. She uses many
While President Reagan was tall in stature, his words and beliefs made him seem even taller with his statement regarding our allies and “impose on their sovereignty, for or own sovereignty is not for sale”. President Reagan also showed his strength and humility by reflecting and educating America on the beauty he sees from where he is standing; the monument of George Washington, memorial to Thomas Jefferson, and the monument of Abraham Lincoln. He also speaks of the Arlington National Cemetery and the heroes who lay there as well as he points out a story of Martin Treptow and his diary that was found on his body. The diary contained a flyleaf and the pledge that Martin Treptow had written under the heading, “America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.” President Reagan ended his inaugural speech with letting Americans that we are not required to make the same the sacrifices as Martin Treptow or other soldiers, but we need to pull together and do our best to with the help of God to resolves the issues ahead of Americans.
He wanted people to believe his apology was genuine. He also used different forms of rhetoric to appeal to the audience and make the speech more understandable. Richard Nixon was clearly good at delivering speeches of this nature because not everyone was mad at him