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August 26, 2018Lesson 2 AssignmentPart 1Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation in Ronald Reagan’s ChallengerAddressThe “Challenger address” speech was delivered to the nation on January 28th,1986 by President Ronald Reagan, on the day when the “Challenger” space shuttle had burst in the air, killing the crew of all the men and women onboard. It was a sad time in the country and President Ronald Reagan had to address the nation. It was then that the President delivered, perhaps one of the most moving speeches, to honor these fallen American crew members. The emotional speech had been delivered by the President in place of his originally scheduled State of the Union address. President Reagan knew the state of the country and that showed through his speech, in the form of a eulogy, where he perfectly used rhetorical situation to address the nation and to answer all the thoughts and questions, he knew the citizens of the nation would have. The President’s speech, however, proved to be effective as the reasons behind the incident were unknown and would lead to a scandalous investigation into finding the responsible people behind this—as evident from the article “The Challenger Disaster and the Revival of Rhetoric in Organizational Lifewritten by Alan G. Gross and Arthur Walzer.”
As our book points out, the elements of a rhetorical situation to look out for during a speech are:When the audience listens to the speakerWho the speaker isThe occasion when the speech is deliveredThe speech itselfThe constraints and opportunities faced while the speech is being deliveredIn this case, the listening audience was massive. The President (speaker) wasaddressing the entire nation (audience). As stated in “

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