Essay 1 - Narrative Argument
Write an essay that implies a clear claim and uses your own first-hand experience for support/evidence. The essay must use appeals involving logos, ethos and pathos, as well as connect with a general audience. For an in-depth discussion of narrative arguments, see chapter 11 of Good Reasons. According to the book, narrative arguments rely on concrete individual stories rather than abstract statistics; they allow the readers to draw their own conclusions; and they should strike readers as both truthful and representative of larger issues. Chapter 11 provides helpful tips on finding good topics and maps out an effective process to create a narrative argument (see 166-167). You may want to use the same topic for this essay as for Essays #3 and #4. To explore good subjects for papers in this class, look also at Good Reasons chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4. Your basic goal in this paper should be – at least in part – to persuade readers through narrative about a debatable issue. To achieve this goal, consider all aspects of the "rhetorical triangle" described in chapter 5 of The Everyday Writer and Chapter 11 of Good Reasons. What is your purpose in sharing this experience? What questions will you be answering for your audience? How might your audience be sympathetic and/or resistant to your story’s argument? What is the social context that your story occurs within? For examples of narrative arguments, see Kristof’s “On the Ground with a ‘Gap Year’” essay that starts on page 169 in Good Reasons. Also, directly below this file in our Moodle shell, you’ll see two other examples, including Orwell’s “A Hanging” and Dumas’ “The F Word.” Comp II tries to offer opportunities for you to write about topics with close relevance to your life, rather than a distant, library-based research topic that often results in a patchwork of what other people have to say. The Narrative Argument Essay provides a way to do this. It...
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