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ZobelRhetorical AnalysisFall 2008WP #2CR due M 10/6; HSU due T 10/7
Rhetorical Analysis
Total of Four Pages: This means you have one four page/1,000 word RA, or you can have two, two page/500 word RAs. You may do one or two—the choice is up to youFormat: Double-spaced, Times New Roman font in 12-pt, 1-inch margins, MLA citation format.
Background
Rhetorical means “the art of using language effectively and persuasively,” while analysismeans “the separation of an intellectual or substantial whole into its constituent parts for individualstudy.” Thus, the Rhetorical Analysis assignment asks you to carefully read a selected piece of writing, examining it not only for WHAT it says, but for HOW it says it. You should aim for “critical distance” in your reading of the text, which means that you’ll want to be wary of whatever assumptions you bring with you to the text. For your analysis, you may choose from among thefollowing texts we have already read for class. I suggest that you review each of them before youdecide upon one to analyze.
Tattooed
by Bell;
Pagan
by Woodward; Ehrenreich on
Bodies
; Dove article on
Beauty
;Flesch on being
Bamboozled
;
Credibility
chapter;
Fear
Chapter; “
Trolls
In class we’ve been discussing how writers use certain techniques to make their writingmore persuasive. For instance, writers might emphasize their own authority or credibility (ethos);they might appeal to an audience’s values, emotions, or experiences (pathos); or they might basetheir argument on careful reasoning (logos). Other methods of persuasion are discussed by Flesch.Plus there are the techniques of fear and credibility. These techniques are part of what is known asrhetoric—the effective use of language. Analyzing the rhetorical choices writers make allows us toevaluate their arguments more effectively and respond appropriately. This assignment asks you toconduct such a rhetorical analysis of a text.Read the text
at least four 
times, each time making notes about what the author is doing tomake his or her argument more persuasive. Then compose one essay of 1,000 words or two essaysof 500 words each in which you analyze the rhetorical techniques the author(s) uses in the text(s).To accomplish a Rhetorical Analysis: You must ask: What goes on in this writing? What is its purpose? How does it persuade? How does it attempt to convince the reader? What rhetorical(linguistic) methods does the author use?So… when you write a rhetorical analysis, you are dissecting the language of the piece.Since you’re looking closely at the WAY this author uses language, you’ll want to use quotationsfrom the text as evidence to convince your reader of the truth of your observations. To insert thiskind of evidence into your paper, make a “quotation sandwich.” That is, introduce the idea that thequotation will illustrate, give the quotation, and then follow up by explaining why you chose thatquotation.1. Make a point.2. Illustrate the point with a quotation from the text.3. Explain how your example anchors your point.In your analysis, be sure to consider the rhetorical appeals and other rhetorical elements, such as:
The Author (the author's voice or persona) ethos
: How does the author present himself or herself? Is the author familiar with the subject? How can you tell? How does the author show good judgment or a broad perspective? Is the author reasonable? How can you tell? Where and when wasthis published? What does that say about this work?
The Audience (the reader) pathos
: What are the characteristics of the audience? How can you tell?Some of these materials are taken from:http://webs.lander.edu/sbarnette/english102/102assignments/research.html;http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/cmartin/UWPENC1102/rhetoricalanalysis.htm;And the Stanford Writing Program’s website
 
ZobelRhetorical AnalysisFall 2008WP #2CR due M 10/6; HSU due T 10/7Is the reader/audience encouraged to have an emotional response to this writing? How can you tell?Is the reader encouraged to examine or question the opposition's motives? What reader needs,values, or beliefs are presented here? How can you tell?
The Argument (the work) logos
: How is this work organized? What are the cues to thisorganization? Does the organization work? What claims are made? Are these claims strong,obvious? What evidence is used to support the claims?
Style
: Imagery, Repetition, Rhythm, Coherence, Emphasis, Figurative language (analogy, metaphor,simile)
Diction
: Word choice, Word order 
Tone
: formal/informal, playful/solemn, happy/sad, etc.
Appearance
: Does this author use the visual appeal of the text on the page in a unique way?
Phrased another way, by another author:
Here are some points to keep in mind as you write your essay: 
Ethos
: What perspective and biases does the author bring to this text? What authority doeshe or she have to produce this text? What does the author do within the text to establishcredibility with the audience?
Pathos
: Whom is the author of this text writing to? What is the audience's attitude towardsthe subject matter? How does this attitude affect the way the author presents his or her message? What does the author do to appeal to the audience's emotions, values, or experiences? What reasons and evidence does he or she provide to prove the claim(s)?
Logos
: What basic claim(s) is the author making? How appropriate and convincing is theauthor’s reasoning and evidence?
Make sure your essay has a clear, focused thesis. You can’t simply hand in a list of rhetorical appeals you found in the text; instead, you should look at the notes you’ve madeand determine whether there is an overall pattern of rhetorical appeals that makes the texteffective or ineffective.
You should, of course, support your analysis with plentiful examples from the text, butremember that your essay should be an analysis, not a summary. Do not waste time tellingyour reader what the text says; focus on how the text says it.
Your analysis should be just that—yours—in that you’re presenting and defending your ownunderstanding of what the author is doing in the text. There’s no need, however, to mentionyourself at any point in the essay. Phrases like “I think” or “in my opinion” tend to weakenthis sort of essay, so avoid them.
Likewise, your own opinion of the subject matter of the text is irrelevant. This assignmentdoes not ask you to agree or disagree with the author, only to analyze how he or she ismaking a point.
For this assignment, only use the sources that we have used in class. Do not go outside of theseresources.
When you quote the sources, be sure you cite it in this manner with the author’s lastname and the page number where the materials is located (Zobel 14). You do NOT need a WorksCited page for this assignment; you DO need to cite your quotes and summaries.
Regarding the handouts and peer feedback forms: the forms must be filled out and
Some of these materials are taken from:http://webs.lander.edu/sbarnette/english102/102assignments/research.html;http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/cmartin/UWPENC1102/rhetoricalanalysis.htm;And the Stanford Writing Program’s website
 
ZobelRhetorical AnalysisFall 2008WP #2CR due M 10/6; HSU due T 10/7
completed in a thorough manner—brief and/or shallow answers will NOT earn youcredit.
Some of these materials are taken from:http://webs.lander.edu/sbarnette/english102/102assignments/research.html;http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/cmartin/UWPENC1102/rhetoricalanalysis.htm;And the Stanford Writing Program’s website

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