The Apollo 11 Moon Disaster By William Hemfire's Assignment

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The Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 marked an entire generation of manmade success. The following texts focus on the Apollo 11 moon landing and contain different perspectives on the matter. The Times article is very analytical, the speech by Safire focuses mostly on the emotional half of the moon landing, Rand’s article portrays the launch as very positive and figurative, Hemlocks cartoon criticizes the negative attention the space launch gets. Each of the passages uses important rhetorical techniques in order to effectively get their purpose across. The first article by Times of London stresses the significance of the moon landing as an International event, important to all mankind. The next article by William Safire speaks of the tragedy …show more content…
Safire states, “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace”. Safire hypothetically speaks of how we would respond to a tragic event such as this and emphasizes that they will not be forgotten when he says they will rest in peace, something you usually say to a valuable person. Safire’s article then goes on saying “they will mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by mother earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown”, when he writes they will be mourned by the world Safire is writing this to honor the people who sacrificed themselves to contribute to the moon landing which Safire claims to be “mankind’s most noble goal”, he is showing how important he values the moon by saying that everyone in the world would remember his noble sacrifice. The audience is for those would be concerned if something hypothetically were to go wrong during the Apollo 11 mission, the author is trying to get across the importance of what he deems logical and persuades you to honor the moon …show more content…
Rand says “it was impossible to watch passively, one had to express, by some physical action, a feeling that was not triumph, but more: the feeling that while objects unobstructed streak of motion was the only thing that mattered in the universe”, when rand says “the only thing that mattered in the universe” he is trying to get across how beautiful and amazing the launch was, He becomes dumbfounded by the beautiful launch and shows you the greatness of Apollo 11. Rand then adds “the fundamental significance of Apollo 11s triumph is not political; it is philosophical; specifically, moral epistemological”, Rand is referring to the moral knowledge and emotional significance of Apollo 11 when he states “specifically, moral epistemological”. Seeing the launch with his own eyes Rand is portraying the symbolism of the launch, how important you should feel as an individual for living in a new era of manmade success and reflects on how the launch itself shows how mankind has achieved greatness. His optimistic tone brings out what he wants us to feel about his philosophy of Apollo

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