comparative analysis

Topics: Rhetoric, Writing, Essay Pages: 3 (840 words) Published: February 20, 2014

Formatting Requirements: Please compose your draft using a word processor using 12-pitch Times New Roman font, double-spaced with 1” margins. The essay should be from 5-7 pages long. I will only accept a printed copy of your essay.

Purpose and Overview: Thus far in the semester we have discussed the Rhetorical Appeals (Ethos, Pathos, and Logos) and writing as a means of entering a conversation. The purpose of this essay is for you to exercise the skills you have learned thus far of identifying the rhetorical appeals and how two authors use them in two selected essays. Essentially, I am asking you complete a rhetorical analysis of two authors’ essays and compare and contrast them to determine which of the two is more effective and why. This assignment will satisfy Student Learning Outcomes 1-5 listed on the first page of your course syllabus. By the completion of this assignment, you will have spent a great deal of time toward mastering these outcomes, which will in turn prepare you for the final major writing assignment.

Steps to Completion: Choose two essays that address a specific issue from any of the Readings sections in They Say I Say: “Is Higher Education Worth the Price?”; “Is Pop Culture Actually Good for You?”; “Is Fast Food the New Tobacco?”; or “Why Does It Matter Who Wins the Big Game?”; or “What’s Up with the American Dream?”. Remember that I am asking you to write 5-7 pages, so choose two essays that have enough material for you to analyze, compare, and contrast to meet the length requirement of this essay assignment. It is much easier to focus your analysis by choosing two essays that discuss similar topics and themes than to write on two essays that are only tangentially related. Once you have selected two essays, read those essays at least four times, making sure you take notes that focus on identifying the authors’ arguments/theses, their use of rhetorical appeals and canons as well as their arrangement, and the examples the authors uses...
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