Essay #1: Out of Class Rhetorical Analysis
Before we really study argumentation, we’re going to take a step backward from the material and focus not just on what it says, but on how it says it. To that end, you’re going to choose a political speech from http://www.americanrhetoric.com/ and analyze it for its appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos. Analysis is not just about identifying where each of these is used. You must also evaluate how effectively the speech uses these appeals, and what effect these appeals are trying to achieve. This kind of analysis has an argumentative basis, where the details work together to support your analysis.
- 1500 Words, typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font (Times or Arial), stapled.
- Your thesis must add evaluative weight to each of the rhetorical appeals, and your outline must reflect that weight.
- You must quote extensively from your speech to illustrate how it achieves its rhetorical stance. Don’t just tell the reader that a quote appeals to pathos, explain how and why very specifically.
- You may also include an analysis of logical fallacies, but must include in that analysis an argument for their being. What is the speech trying to achieve by being fallacious?
- Your conclusion must discuss the overall persuasive effect of the speech.
Rough Draft Due
- Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (Sec3)
- Thursday, September 20, 2012 (Sec8)
Bring (or distribute) three copies for workshop.
Turn it into turnitin.com for credit
Final Draft Due
- Wednesday, October 3, 2012 (sec3)
- Thursday, October 4, 2012 (sec8)