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Professor: Mary High CAS100C 4 September 2019 Part 1: Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation in Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Address To fully analyze the rhetorical situation of Ronald Reagan’s speech, we must look at each individual element within the rhetorical situation. Rhetorical situation consists of four elements. They are: audience, occasion, speaker, and speech. Each element is unique in its individual ability to captivate the intended audience. Whenever a speech is presented, every aspect of the presentation has to be taken into consideration. Ronald Reagan used this tragedy as a form of rhetorical discourse in a way to connect with the average American. According to Bitzer (1968), “Rhetorical discourse is called into existence by situation.” He understood the amount of publicity the challenger disaster would get and he wanted to make sure the American people knew he was just as saddened as they were. The audience is: the American people. The American people are looking for hope. They need a leader that can both help console them and strengthen them. President Reagan addresses the American people directly in his speech. He makes it well known that he and his wife are both feeling great pain and emphasizes they are sharing that pain with the American people. He even takes time to give his condolences to the family members of the seven fallen astronauts and names each and every one of the astronauts to emphasize his true compassion. During his speech,

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