Surname 1 Name: Lecturer: Course: Date Rhetorical analysis of Ronald Reagans' speech about the challenger disaster Straight from the inauguration of the 1960’s space race, the program of the United States has been extremely fundamental for diverse Americans. The program was in a better position to serve as an indicator of American values and more so possibilities (Janice Hocker, pg. 415-433). Coming to the mid 1980’s, the innovative space shuttle program of America was still a jewel in the American Progress Crown thus being something to be accorded with celebration. On the 28th day of January 1986, there was a shake in the status of the illustrious space program. On that very day, an explosion of the space shuttle challenger occurred, obliterated a vehicle and finally killed a crew of seven. Ronal Reagan being the President of the United States was responsible for the response of the rhetoric generated by the Challenger disaster. A call emerged for the consolation of the living and praising of the dead by the National Tragedy (Janice Hocker, pg. 424-431). The program was meant for Reagan to restore the faith of fellow Americans. Drawing facts from the above suggestion, the space program was of profound relevance with regard to symbolizing the American competence, innovation alongside progress. Paralleling the Challenger’s material destruction and her crew was consequently the damage of the symbolic American Doxa. Being a comforter of the Americans and more so the National father, Reagan was emotionally upright in meeting the emotional needs of five different Surname 2 audiences. Inclusive of the United States fallen astronaut families, school kids, NASA and the Soviet Union. He incorporates ethos in communication of his shock besides grieve to his American folk in the reassurance of the significance of the program. Reagan’s speech is seen to be naturally epideictic hence intended to magnify the relevance of ethos over the prevalent logos. There is a relationship between the characters and logos as per the drawn depiction. The speech has elements of pathos in line with emotional feeling of pain and the loss the nation shared regarding the disaster. Reagan acknowledges components of heroism on the same line mourning with diverse victimized families. It is also possible to stay away from the truth in great pain. Reagan had the unfortunate responsibility of reminding Americans that astronauts were deeply involved in their work but on the same note knew the risks to be encountered, (Ellen Reid, pg. 159-165.). Basing on arguments of Hauser, people who speak with utmost integrity are trusted because of the virtuous decisions they make and seem truthful. Such a speech is modest and a statesmanship act is seen in Reagan’s decision to attend to the critical issues and setting aside the organized state of the union. The incorporation of the noun ‘T’ expresses his closeness with the event and also addresses the affected in a dear way (Mister, Steven pg. 159-161). The speech also expresses fair-mindedness as from the eloquence in speech observed in Reagan in the poem composed by American Pilot Magee Jr. Magee’s words are the most recalled in his speech when he talks about the ‘High Flight’. The words produced different strong emotional feelings. Reagan commenced by mentioning the slip of the astronauts to the earth’s bonds and more so touching the face of God. The words used gave a redefinition of the violent fireball following the death observed in the United States some hours back. Surname 3 The introduction elucidates that the Americans were heroes and from the choice of words used, the entire faiths believe that the deceased Astronauts will have life after death. The nation was therefore in a problem of responding to the problems that had engulfed the nation instantly after receiving the breaking news on live TV. The rhetoric emergency existed in two different folds. The first one was to insist on the nation to have a proper mourn and keep the spirit of the program burning and then secondly, Reagan emphasizes on the exploration theme throughout his speech. The theme in question stresses on the mourning framework of the deceased. Reagan inn his speech represents the entire nation inclusive of those who work for NASA as one because he generalizes the pain not only to the affected families but nationwide. He also expounds the feeling and argues that he was also affected at personal level thus being a justification of concern (Mister, Steven, pg. 158-163.). An elegiac tone is attained when Reagan names his wife. He therefore noted that the program was in a better position to continue despite the loss via the determination of Americans because the program symbolized American progress. The speech seems monumental because it does not only reflect the individual strategy at personal level but also expresses Americans resolve. The slogan of Americans up to date is that they do not give up in hard times but they really push on in order to push the American dream from the philosophy of Ronald Reagan. Surname 4 Works Cited Gold, Ellen Reid. "Ronald Reagan and the oral tradition." Communication Studies 39.3-4 (1988): 159-175. Mister, Steven M. "Reagan's Challenger tribute: Combining generic constraints and situational demands." Communication Studies 37.3 (1986): 158-165. Rushing, Janice Hocker. "Ronald Reagan's “Star Wars” address: Mythic containment of technical reasoning." Quarterly Journal of Speech 72.4 (1986): 415-433.