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Part 1: Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation in Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Address On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded upon takeoff leaving America to the sad news of the death of the seven crew members aboard. This unfortunate disaster was seen by many people as well as schoolchildren who tuned into their televisions to watch the takeoff. This event led to former President, Roland Reagan, to address the nation within his famous speech, “The Challenger Address.” Throughout the almost five minutes, our former President addressed the issue, comforted those who watched, commemorated the brave astronauts for their service, and encouraged future space exploration through is empathic, yet candid approach. The audience of Roland Reagan’s speech consisted of the entire American Public. Throughout the speech, he utilized words such as “we” and “us” as a sense of attachment as addressing the country as a whole (Apple 1986). Towards the beginning of his speech, he broadened his viewpoint after speaking about himself and his wife saying, “We share this pain with all of the people of our country,” (American Rhetoric: Ronald Reagan) addressing the entire Nation as a whole. The occasion of Roland Reagan’s speech was during a disaster and the audience

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