Talk Card Analysis II
“Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate- Ronald Reagan”
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The speech I have chosen is Ronald Reagan's speech in Berlin: Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate. I chose this speech because it is not only an incredibly famous speech but one that I believe is very interesting to analyze and truly dig deep on what president Reagan was trying to get across in a speech to a people's of a different nation. This speech was delivered the 12th of June 1987, in West Berlin as Reagan was trying to influence Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall and truly embrace democracy and the greatness of freedom.
Ronald Reagan in his speech to the people of Germany used a collection of different talk cards. He used the empowering, serious, demanding, and guilt card. He uses each of these throughout his speech trying to lite a fire underneath these people to cause change. His use of these multiple talk cards was defiantly planned as he is able to beautifully carve through his speech and keep the audience on their feet as well as challenge them by switching up his cards and taking different approaches many times. Reagan could have used a funny, ranting, or advice card but I believe these would just simply take away from how serious this was and diminish his face as the man behind democracy. I believe he chose the most strategic talk cards that were able to influence as well as cause reflection. Throughout the speech Reagan keeps medium liking, high formality, and high power. He does this because of how important this moment is and to reveal this need for immediate action. He is leaving not much time to sit back, he is trying to instill this sense of action right away, right now.
The goal of his speech is to cause change in Germany and help them instill the idea of democracy and freedom. The president directly addresses Gorbachev saying: "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate." Reagan's speech is very powerful and to the point. He wants democracy to strive but there is a problem. He addresses this problem saying ,"It is here in Berlin where the wall emerges most clearly; here, cutting across your city, where the news photo and the television screen have imprinted this brutal division of a continent upon the mind of the world." The Berlin wall represents this divide and fight for and against democracy. "As long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the...