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Rhetorical Analysis:
President Ronald Reagan 's Farwell Address

Rhetorical Analysis: Reagan 's Farwell Address Ronald Reagan 's Farewell Address was an amazing example of conveying the fundamentals for freedom through an emotional and visual lesson. It is no wonder that the president known as the "great communicator" was successful in painting for us a picture of who we were, past and present, and the improvements in the areas of strength, security, and stability that this great nation, or as Reagan referred to in his speech of John Winthrop 's vision of it as a "city upon a hill", had achieved over the past eight years. This amazing example has even been considered one of the
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The time line is extraordinary, from the early days of the pilgrims, to the Civil War, the present day, and every day in between, this nation had stood for freedom and it was that freedom that had made us so great. A shining city upon a hill! This story telling of his personal experience looking out the window was a great use of pathos. He enlightened your senses and created a sense of pride. Throughout his farewell address, President Reagan showcased some wonderful improvements to our nation of freedom. He referred to two triumphs in his speech, economic recovery and morale. He had an underlining theme in this section of his speech. It was a theme of common sense, and we had seen these two great triumphs because of our common sense! In regards to the economy he said, "when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it. So we cut the people 's tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before." Then he used a simile of a plant being cut back and growing back healthy to describe the economy. In regards to morale, he mentioned that peace could only become reality when we were seen as strong and powerful. The result of these two triumphs was not only a changed nation, but a changed world. Unfortunately, the increase in the pride of America from within and globally was fairly short lived as described by blogger Jennifer Mercieca, "Reagan succeeded in improving

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