Ronald Reagan's Speech: Addressing The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

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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 a eulogy, a speech characterized by its epideictic occasion, which 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
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(Dennis 714) By giving the members of the space shuttle crew recognition as “pioneers”, the speech had a smooth transition from its nature as sincere eulogy into a rhetorical work with a deliberative occasion. As soon as audience received a message implying that Challenger was a beginning instead of an end and how discovery has its risk, Ronald Reagan was in a good position to elaborate his objectives on the space program.
Considering its effectiveness, the transition between the bad news and the new hope is one of the greatest features of the speech. This transition is crucial to connect two parts of the speech that are equally important. Imagine if Ronald Reagan only talked about the heartache prior to expressing his support to NASA, people might question his sincerity and become suspicious about his real intention. Here is a brief false speech of Ronald Reagan to show how lack of transition can destroy both purposes and both occasions associated with the
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