President Ronald Reagan 's Speech At The Brandenburg Gate Essay

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Freedom for All On June 12th, 1987 United States President Ronald Reagan gave his famous “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate” speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin. At this time, the United States and the USSR were embroiled in a global power struggle, which resulted in a great deal of tension between democratic and communist countries. Many people at the time sought reunification of West Berlin and East Berlin, and an end to the Cold War. In “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate,” former president Ronald Reagan uses logos appeals, pathos appeals, and parallel structure in an effort to initiate the demolition of the Berlin Wall, and usher in freedom to communist countries. Ronald Reagan utilizes logos appeals in his speech in order to advocate the destruction of the Berlin Wall while simultaneously planting the seeds of democracy in other nations. This can be seen when Reagan states that “German leaders reduced tariffs, expanded free trade, lowered taxes, ” and that from “1950 to 1960 alone, the standard of living in West Germany and Berlin doubled” (Reagan). Reagan uses this logos appeal to support the idea that democratic nations are superior to communist nations by presenting factual evidence about the positive economic growth of West Germany. This idea helps Reagan’s attempts to bring freedom to communist countries by establishing democratic nations as growing and prosperous, and as such communist countries would logically want to follow suit in order to attain the…

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