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Rhetorical Analysis

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Lissa Peterson

on 18 February 2013

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Transcript of Rhetorical Analysis

Is the text effective (does its accomplish its purpose)?
Why or why not?
How is the text organized? Why?
Are each of the three rhetorical appeals present?
Is any support particularly weak?
What is the Rhetorical Situation? Is the text appropriate for this situation? Logos Ethos Pathos the logical appeal
facts, reasons, statistics
the basic structure of the argument the credibility of the author
Why should we trust the author?
Is he/she knowledgeable?
Do we have a reason to like him/her? reasons that elicit an emotional response
demonstrating the effects in particular cases/situations
an appeal to common values and ethics The Rhetorical Appeals:
Ways to Persuade Analyze Author The Rhetorical
Situation Topic Purpose Context Culture Respond Summarize Read 4 Steps to Writing a
Successful Argument to become familiar with the ongoing conversation
to annotate & outline the ideas of others
to gather information & support Restate the text in a condensed form in your own words as fairly & objectively as possible. Break down the text into parts & examine the relationship between them. Audience Rhetorical analysis
DOES . . .
Assess and evaluate the text
Note strengths and weaknesses
Suggest ways to strengthen the argument Rhetorical Analysis
does NOT . . . propose a different position
offer additional information (except for glaring omissions) Who is the author?
Do we trust them? Who is the audience?
How do we know? What is the subject matter? Why did the author construct this text? Often, to determine the purpose we need to understand the context. What are the circumstances affecting this text? Why was it composed? -- the context in broader view.
Culture includes the major cultural assumptions and prejudices that affect the author and the audience. What does the text do & how? Questions to ask: What does the text say?
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