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Ronald Reagan-Tear down this wall

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Connor Wegner

on 27 April 2013

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Transcript of Ronald Reagan-Tear down this wall

Ronald Reagan
"Tear Down This Wall" Connor Wegner and Zeeshan Haidry Ronald Reagan's Background Born: February 6, 1911
He is best known for being the 40th president of the United States. Prior to that he was Governer of California. And prior to that he was a flim, television, and film actor He was president from 1981-1989. During the initial days of his presidency, he was almost assasinated by James Brady. Also during his presidency he greatly decreased unemployment and inflation. After his presidency he went to retirement and died June 5, 2004 Context This speech occcurs at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987. He writes this speech because he challenges the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. He wanted the wall broken down to unite the Germen people and to unite East and West Germany. The Berlin Wall was taken down about two and a half years later on November 9, 1989. Part of the Speech In the 1950s, Khrushchev predicted: "We will bury you." But in the West today, we see a free world that has achieved a level of prosperity and well-being unprecedented in all human history. In the Communist world, we see failure, technological backwardness, declining standards of health, even want of the most basic kind--too little food. Even today, the Soviet Union still cannot feed itself. After these four decades, then, there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor.....

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! Repetition "Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Ronald Reagan repeats Mr. Gorbachev twice. He does this to make it clear to the Soviet leader that he is talking to him. He also emphasizes that he seriously wants this wall to be take down. Reagan believes that it is time for the Brandenburg wall to be destroyed and is demading the Soviets to destroy the wall. Anaphora "But there remains armed guards and checkpoints--still a restriction on the right of travel, still an instrument to impose upon ordinary men and women the will of a totalitarian state." Reagan uses anaphora to emphasize that even though the southern part of Berlin is not blocked by a wall, it is still blocked. He uses anaphora to emphasize the multiple reasons why this part of Berlin is still blocked and seperated. Reagan does this because he not only wants an end to the Berlin wall but and end to the security on the southern end of Berlin. Asyndeton "The German leaders reduced tariffs, expanded free trade, lowered taxes." Reagan uses asyndeton to show how the government of West Germany experienced economic prosperity and growth. This emphasizes the multiple ways that the German leaders helped the country's economy. Rhetorical Question "And what better way to demonstrate to the world the openness of the city than to offer in some future year to hold the Olympic games here in Berlin, East and West? Reagan uses a rhetorical question to show that a great way to show Berlin's unity is to hold an olympics game there. The answer does not need an answer because it is a great way to show the city's unity if it did get united. However, no one decided to listen to Reagan because there hasn't been an olympic game at Berlin since 1936 Antimetabole "East and west do not mistrust each other because we are armed; we are armed because we mistrust each other." Reagan uses antimetabole because it emphasizes the true cause and effect pattern. It shows how the cause of our mistrust is because the countries are armed. This is effective because it contrasts two ideas that are commonly thought. It denounces one cause and effect pattern and supports another. Wrap-Up This speech is very effective literally and rhetorically. It is effective rhetorically because there are many techniques used that enhance his speech. It is effective literally because a little less than two and a half years later the Berlin Wall was actually destroyed. Overall Reagan got his point across and did it very efficiently.
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