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40th Anniversary of D-Day Speech
Transcript of 40th Anniversary of D-Day Speech
By Ronald Reagan
The American Rangers were brave men who deserve to be recognized.
daunting-seeming difficult to deal with, intimidating
beachhed-a defended position on a beach taken from the enemy by landing forces, from which an attack can be launched
Pointe du Hoc-Pointe du Hoc-on the coast of Normandy in northern France. During World War II it was the highest point between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east.
reconciliation-the restoration in friendly relations
Born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911
Son of John Reagan and Nelle (Wilson) Reagan
Attended Eureka College
Married and divorced Jane Wyman and later remarried to Nancy Davis
Had 3 kids and adopted one
40th president of the U.S.
Died on June 5, 2004
What was his purpose?
According to the first paragraph, it was to "mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty" and to introduce the memorial commemorating D-Day and the American Rangers.
Examples of Figurative Language
There's not many, but a metaphor and example of personification is used
Personification- "the air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men; this is personification because Reagan describes the air as soft. Located in the first paragraph.
Metaphor- Reagan compares the American Rangers to Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders troop because both of them bravely persevered through the gunfire and advanced slowly even further to deeper danger. This is a metaphor because Reagan compares the two without using like or as
Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
Ethos-when Reagan gave detailed examples of several events at Pointe du Hoc. This is an example of ethos because it proves to the audience that he is aware and educated about the event
Pathos-in the 11th paragraph, he asks the audience a series of rhetorical questions. This is an example of pathos because it builds up the audience's emotional connection even further
Logos-in the 10th paragraph, Reagan references other troops such as the Screaming Eagles, the Forces of Free France, and the Matchbox Fleet. This is an example of logos because it proves that Reagan did some research to gain this knowledge, since its not everyday information
expansionist-someone who supports the policy or practice of expansion and especially of territorial expansion by a nation
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