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Rhetorical Analysis of Reagan's The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tradgedy Address

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Rachel Faust

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Transcript of Rhetorical Analysis of Reagan's The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tradgedy Address

The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tradgedy Address Speech Speaker Occasion Audience Purpose Tone Summary President Ronald Reagan 1986- The space shuttle "Challenger" exploded
killing the seven passangers aboard. To commemorate the men and women who lost their lives and offer hope to those who will continue to explore space. Solemn, veneration, emotional Instead of doing a report on the state of the Union, Reagon talks about the Challenger disastor. He honors those who died, explains what happened to the children who watched it in school, and offers hope that the United States will continue exploring. Americans Men, women, and children of all races.
Ethos Logos Pathos Quotations Abstract Language "He lived on the sea, died on it, and was buried in it" said a historian about Sir Francis Drake. The exlosion happened on the anniversary of his death.Reagon is comparing the work of the seven space explorers to that of Drake. Deductive Reasoning If Drake is remembered with great honor by dying while exploring his frontier, so will the passengers of the Challenger.
Freedom "We do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is" Effect: Honor is given to the astronauts who died in flight. Hope "Nothing ends here; our hopes[...] continue" Makes the astronaut's and space station's greatness unarguable. Diction Emotionally Loaded Concrete Details Syntax "It is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen" "there will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space" "Your loved ones were daring and brave" Epistrophe "We're still pioneers. They[...] were pioneers. Disaster unified the nation "We mourn their loss as a nation together" Effect: Evokes an emotional resonse Effect: Places emphasis on how the astronauts were pioneers, which has a connotative meaning of being brave and noble. Effect: offers inspiration Diction Words are simple Language appropraite Ex. "special grace", "anguish" Credibility admits weaknesses "for the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact" Effect: He appears trustworthy and sincere. Reagan acknowledges he can not comprehend what the families must be going through. Effect: Everyone can understand.
The full effect is received.
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