Carson ErtwineDr. Gingrich AP Lang16 January 2018Thatcher’s EulogyFollowing the death of Ronald Reagan in 2004, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher delivers a powerful eulogy to sympathize with the American People. Margaret Thatcher uses this eulogy to comfort the American people and emphasize the importance of Reagan’s policy. She conveys this message through establishing credibility, the usage of powerful diction, and the usage of repetition.Margaret Thatcher establishes credibility in order to show that she is knowledgeable about Reagan as both a president and a man.
In the opening paragraph, Thatcher states that, “We have lost a great president, a great American, and a great man, and I have lost a dear friend.” This statement is short; however, it delivers a strong message to the audience that both relays sympathy as well as showing that she was close to the deceased president. Thatcher repeats the adjective, “great”, in order to emphasize her beliefs and relay her message. The final phrase in the sentence shows that she not only knew of Reagan, but also was close to him. Thatcher also establishes credibility through the usage of calling Reagan, “Ronnie” throughout the eulogy. This shows that she was not just a colleague, but rather, she was a close friend of the deceased president.
This helps establish credibility by showing that her beliefs stated later in the eulogy come from someone who was knowledgeable about the president. In the lines 54-55, she establishes credibility another time through stating that as the former prime minister of Great Britain during his time, she worked closely with Reagan. This furthers her establishment of credibility set in in the beginning of the eulogy by showing that she was knowledgeable about his policy as well as the character of Ronald Reagan. This appeal is effective, because it shows that her statements are not coming from a Reagan fan, but someone who has worked personally with the deceased president.
Margaret Thatcher uses diction in order to appeal to the emotions of the audience. Thatcher’s use of personal stories and powerful diction helps convey the eulogy’s message that Reagan’s legacy was a good legacy. Thatcher uses strong words when describing Reagan.
Thatcher describes Reagan in lines 3-4 as a “cheerful and invigorating presence”, in order to appeal to the emotions of the readers. This is effective in conveying her message because it supports her claim that Reagan was a great man as well as appealing to the emotions of the audience, who most likely are fans of the former president. While describing Reagan after the assassination attempt in lines 17-20, Thatcher relays that his humor provided a sense of calmness and helped enlighten the people around him. Through the use of showing his humor in a state of terror and chaos, Thatcher shows that Reagan was a sense of calmness in a period of turmoil. Through the usage of personal stories and powerful diction, Thatcher appeals to the emotions of the audience.Through the usage of repetition, Thatcher cements the statement that Reagan was a great president and a great person. In lines 30-49, Thatcher repeats the phrase,” Others…He” in order to show that despite the belief from foreign nations and critics, Reagan was able to improve not only the economy, but also, ease the turmoil caused by the Cold War.
Thatcher’s usage of repetition helps enlighten the audience of the achievements of Reagan in order to help further support her message conveyed throughout the eulogy. The purpose of the repetitions of the word,” others”, was to show how through his patriotic attitude and his policy, both foreign and domestic, had improved the world. Through the usage of repetition found in these lines, Thatcher is able to convey information to support her message, as well as being able to appeal to the emotions of the audience.Thatcher was able to convey her message about the legacy of Reagan through a powerful eulogy. Thatcher was able to do this through establishing credibility on the former president, appealing to the emotions of the reader through powerful diction, and finally through the usage of repetitions.
Thatcher’s eulogy was effective in addressing a nation that was in mourning due to the strengths of her emotional appeals as well as establishing credibility as a good friend of the president.