Address At The Berlin Wall Speech Analysis

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The Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Russia for decades. Ronald Reagan addresses the Berlin Wall’s symbolism of war and conflict and seeks to tear down the Berlin Wall and bring the Cold War to an end. Through his speech, Reagan hopes to bring about the fall of Communism and ultimately unify Germany. Reagan strongly desires the people of Berlin to be safe and free and through his speech he desires to see that come about for all of those people. Reagan’s speech is important because it is used to emphasize the importance of freedom and peace throughout the world. In “Address at the Brandenburg Gate” (also known as “Tear Down this Wall”), Ronald Reagan uses rhetorical techniques to build support …show more content…
For example, Reagan states, “I understand the fear of war and the pain of division that afflict this continent-- and I pledge to you my country 's efforts to help overcome these burdens.” He knows that war is something that the people of Berlin fear, but he alludes to the fact that the Cold War is continued due to the wall’s presence. Through his use of the words “fear” and “pain” he conveys the feelings of the Soviets with their negative and scared attitude towards the situation at hand. He uses the pronoun “I” to show that he personally understands the feelings of the Soviets. He also uses “I” to show that he will make sure that the United States will aide them in tearing down the war and dealing with the direct consequences of doing so. He uses the word “burden” to convey that he understands this is a hard thing to do but promises “to help overcome these burdens” alongside the Soviets. Reagan expects people listening to his speech to react by understanding his sincerity and gaining their support on this issue. Furthermore, Reagan states, “But through it all, the alliance held firm. And I invite those who protested then-- I invite those who protest today--to mark this fact: Because we remained strong, the Soviets came back to the table.” Reagan uses the pronoun “we” in this statement to show that it was “the alliance” who achieved these …show more content…
He wants to end fighting and war in and with Eastern Europe. Reagan addresses Americans and the people of West Berlin, Germany in 1987 in order to sway their thinking towards what is, in his opinion, the best solution to the strife in Europe. Reagan seeks to stop and prevent any and all war in Germany and all of his actions are for the good of all people in the world, especially in Eastern Europe. He desires safety for all those who are in Berlin and ensures it through this speech. Due to Ronald Reagan’s actions and diligent work there is a lot of changes that occur. As a result of his work, Communism falls and Germany becomes united. Reagan’s speech was overall very effective and beneficial for Berlin, the United States, and the entire world as a

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