Taylor Liechty. W131-Period 2. March 23, 2017. Ronald Reagan

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Taylor Liechty
W131-Period 2
March 23, 2017

Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States of America. Before becoming interested in politics, he was an actor born in Tampico, Illinois (Freidel, & Sidey). In 1966, Reagan was elected governor of California, and that was the beginning of his political future (Freidel, & Sidey). Reagan strove through foreign policy while building America strong thought his words, “peace through strength” (Freidel, & Sidey). Pushing through an assassin-attempt, Reagan achieved great things as told in his farewell address. Ronald Reagan uses thoughtful organization, emotional appeal, repetition, and allusion in his farewell address to the nation, in reason of his termination in presidency as well
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Reagan’s specific word choice to instill emotional response creates a togetherness, or closeness of America and allows for him to make reflections of what the entire country—including himself—was able to accomplish with his assistance. Along with creating togetherness, his general specific word choice makes his speech more understandable to an average American citizen and creates an emotional response by a soft-hearted farewell tone. For example he says, “It’s been quite a journey this decade, and we held together through some stormy seas. And at the end together, we are reaching our destination.” Both Reagans specific word choice to instill emotional appeal by creating togetherness and using a soft-hearted farewell tone allows for him to accomplish his purpose of reconnecting the people’s mind of the great accomplishments America achieved while he was president. Furthermore, aside from organization and pathos, Reagan uses repetition of an allusion. In paragraph 23, Reagan uses repetition, but he repeats an allusion to the preamble of the Constitution. He says, “‘We the people.’ ‘We the people’ tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. ‘We the people’ are the driver, the government is the car…. ‘We the people’ are free.” The preamble begins as so, “We the people of the United States, to form a more perfect union…” (Baltzell, George W.). Ronald Reagan

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