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Rhetorical Analysis

By jesstheleo95 Apr 21, 2014 353 Words
University of Scranton
Writing107
Bonnie Lini Markowski
Rhetorical Analysis
3-4 pages
150 points
MLA
Limit: 5 TO BE verbs per page

This assignment asks you to analyze an argumentative article, editorial, essay, etc. using the criteria in our text. By analyzing the Ethos of the author and source, the Logos, Pathos, Language, Tone and Style of the piece, determine if you thought the argument was weak or strong and explain why. You are NOT responding to or writing about the subject of the argument. You are analyzing the strength of the author’s argument. In other words, your opinion about the subject does not matter. Consider yourself an objective observer whose job it is to report to your reader whether the author makes a strong or weak argument and explain why you feel this way. Summarize the article and provide context in your introduction so the reader can understand the situation, then analyze the appeals, the language, tone and style. Below is a checklist you should follow:

CONTENT: In your analysis you should
_______Have a clear and obvious understanding of the article _______Have a clear understanding of the background and references _______ Give complete attributions in the introduction _______Set the context for the reader (the larger conversation) _______Give information regarding the author (research well) _______ Identify the author’s audience

_______ Identify the author’s main claim/argument
_______ Analyze the tone, style, language and how they affect the argument _______Understand and analyze the three appeals: Ethos, Pathos, Logos and show their relevance to the argument _______Develop each section well

_______ Analyze, not summarized.
_______ Clearly support your analysis with accurate textual evidence _______ Judge the overall effectiveness of the author’s argument in the conclusion and give a brief summary of why you feel the way you do.

STYLE: In your writing you should

_______ Communicate ideas clearly through writing: Write well constructed sentences that are clear, coherent and precisely written. _______ Write unified and coherent paragraphs
_______Avoid wordiness
________Avoid repetition
________Write so that your essay flows seamlessly (use transitional words and phrases) ________Use sophisticated vocabulary and ideas
________Write an effective introduction and conclusion
________ Meet the paper format criteria
________Meet the MLA criteria

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