Posted: March 8th, 2022
I have two pages written already I need you add 3 more so a total of 5 and extend my paper using Rhetorical Analysis ethos, logos, and pathos.
My essay is in the first link and the article you are replying to is the second one.
Rhetorical Analysis Assignment
This assignment is an opportunity for you to engage critically with a rhetorical text, demonstrating your ability to read both “with the grain” and “against the grain.” (Says/Does.) You will also show your knowledge of rhetorical terms and strategies, applying them to specific examples from the text and explaining your evaluation in your own words. Your ability to examine these aspects of a text in the context of a specific rhetorical situation will prepare you for evaluating the research you do for your own argument paper and will, in turn, prepare you for crafting your own rhetorically effective argument.
You’ve already done much of the work you’ll need to do to be prepared for writing this analysis. Your close reading, annotations, rhetorical exploration, and small group discussion have laid the groundwork for the writing process.
Ultimately, you’ll use two of three major rhetorical strategies. (Choose two chapters!) At least one should be a strength, and at least one should be a weakness. Don’t feel as though you have to “cover” all three main rhetorical appeals. For instance, you may decide the writer succeeds at demonstrating credibility but fails to establish common ground (two aspects of ethos).
Be specific in your language. Avoid simply naming “logos” as a strategy; instead, name a particular aspect of logos, like providing sufficient evidence.
Writing Your Analysis
Begin your analysis with an introduction that explains the rhetorical situation and briefly summarizes the piece. (The first sentence of your R.A. may sound a lot like the first sentence of a summary.)
End your introduction with a thesis statement indicating the rhetorical strategies you’ll focus on in your analysis. You might use the following formats:
“Although [Writer] fails to _______, their argument is strengthened by _______ and _______.”
“In [Writer]’s essay they succeed at _______ and _______ but fail to _______.”
Overall, your introduction paragraph will likely be a longer one, but avoid letting it extend beyond the first page of your paper.
Develop a full paragraph for each rhetorical strategy you’ve chosen, taking time to provide specific examples and quotations from the text as well as your own explanation of how and why the writer either succeeds or fails. You want to avoid simply naming a rhetorical strategy; you should also explain the strategy’s significance in the author’s argument. Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that links back to your thesis.
KEY POINT: You are not writing about whether you agree personally with the writer’s ideas; rather, you are writing about how successfully they executed the argument.
In your conclusion, you can briefly summarize your analysis, but your main purpose is to emphasize to your audience how successful the author’s argument is: based on their use of rhetorical strategies, does the author effectively persuade readers? You can also think about who would most benefit from this argument: does the author reach their intended audience?
Also, if you would like, you can add any concluding personal thoughts about the writer’s argument to show your critical engagement with the text. In other words, the conclusion is the only place you can use an “I” statement and share how you personally responded to the author’s argument. For instance, were you personally persuaded by the author’s argument because of (or maybe in spite of) their use of rhetorical strategies? (This last paragraph is your chance to be a little more subjective in your tone toward the piece; just make sure you don’t spend too much time responding with your personal opinion).
Your analysis should be developed thoughtfully and thoroughly. Using specific examples from the text and drawing upon your notes and annotations will help you do this. Papers that earn an A or B are typically 4-5 full pages long.
Paragraphs should be cohesive, each with a clear purpose and focus. Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that “announces” its main idea. For instance: “One way that [Writer]’s argument succeeds is through her use of hard evidence.”
Imagine an academic audience of students, teachers, and administrators concerned about the issue your writer discusses. They may or may not have read your article before. Your tone should be fair and objective.
Paraphrasing and quotations should be executed carefully, and all quotations should be copied carefully and cited according to MLA guidelines. Quotations should not stand alone as “quote bombs”.
Sentences should be clear. Proofread carefully to eliminate distracting errors.
MLA formatting should be followed throughout (see Purdue OWL’s MLA sample paper (Links to an external site.) for a full explanation).
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