Rhetorical Analysis Of Reagan's Speech

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He uses the idea and purpose of reflection in his organization of the speech first he talks about the battle of moral ideas the people are facing then he moves onto his larger idea and the fight against the Soviet Union. That is what leads Reagan to use the narrative of the young fa-ther, and a quote from C.S. Lewis to help illustrate what the root of evil is and where it comes from. This is also to establish the fear of what life would be without faith; the lack of faith and not knowing God is the ultimate spiral into the communist culture. In addition, this also estab-lishes the appeal to fear, which is an appeal to emotion and simultaneously a motivator. It gets people prepared for an us versus them arrangement which is key for the later …show more content…
This brings forth the element of God and Reagan’s image of being a humble leader. Being faithful and severing God gives more credibility because this idea is repeated many times in the Bible. Reagan utilized the history of our country to argue why children should be able to pray in school. This issue was key for his audience because “The previous year, the National As-sociation of Evangelicals had endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment allowing prayer in the public schools. (Fessler) We were founded on religious base. “The Declaration of Independ-ence mentions the Supreme Being no less than four times. “In God We Trust” is engraved on our coinage.” He utilizes this line to integrate back to the logos of his argument. This reminds people even if they oppose his ideas we were given the right to voice our opinion because of our found-ing fathers who strongly believed in God and credit him as the foundation of our freedom. Next Reagan asks the bold question to the audience that congress opens with prayer so why should our children be denied that right. This is persuasive because of the nature of the comparison. It also makes us questions the idea of separation between church and state. Where do we stand today? In the same place as we did then with a majority of Americans still disapproving of the Supreme Court’s stance on prayer in public schools, according to 2012 data from the General Social Sur-vey, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. ( Lipka,

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