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?
: Imagery, Repetition, Rhythm, Coherence, Emphasis, Figurative language (analogy, metaphor,simile)
: Word choice, Word order
: formal/informal, playful/solemn, happy/sad, etc.
: 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:
: 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?
: 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)?
: 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