The Apollo 11 : A Symbol Of Man 's Greatness

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“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” are words that astronaut, Neil Armstrong declared as people around the world attentively watched him take the first steps on the moon. That moment would be documented in history and talked about for years to come. The Apollo 11 mission had left many doubts to those watching the spectacle. Would Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin successfully set foot on the moon? Or was this launch a disaster waiting to happen? The following texts, In Event of Moon Disaster by President Nixon’s speechwriter, William Safire, and The July 16, 1969, Launch: A Symbol of Man’s Greatness by novelist, Ayn Rand, both express the possibility of a disaster as well as the relief and contentment for the men on…show more content…
Additionally, Rand tries to involve her audience by stating “What we had seen, in naked essentials—but in reality, not in a work of art—was the concretized abstraction of man’s greatness”. This quote shows how she includes everyone by using the word “we”. Moreover, the speaker, the audience, and the subject help the authors develop a strong purpose to guide their readers. Though connecting the speaker, the audience, and the subject are important for an author, it is also crucial to use literary appeals to draw in readers successfully. One of the appeals used- ethos- shows Safire’s credibility when he was the president’s speechwriter. In addition, logos, which appeals to readers through logic, was displayed since the speech was mourning the astronauts. The mood of what was supposed to be a joyous event becomes somber in that the president has to state the unimaginable disaster that could’ve happened. With this, the author uses pathos by honoring the two astronauts for their mettle and stating that all of America would be mourning them. Also, the tone becomes solemn and encouraging because the author displays the pathos in that way. Safire includes that “ in their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man” which makes the reader feel sad but proud to have such men to “serve” the

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