Posted: February 3rd, 2022
A rhetorical analysis essay includes some very specific sections, each of which must meet specific criteria.
Section I: Summary
The essay will begin with a one-paragraph summary of the article about which you are writing. This summary should be no more than one paragraph. You may consider the summary your introduction.
The final sentence of your summary should be a two-prong thesis statement reflecting your understanding of the author’s main point as well as your evaluation of the effectiveness of his or her argument and rhetoric.
Your summary must conform to the guidelines set out in class and can be no longer than 150 words.
Section II: Rhetorical Analysis
Your job in this section of the paper is to analyze whether the author made a convincing argument.
Your essay must evaluate all of these elements:
The author’s thesis—what argument does the article seek to prove?
The author’s purpose—what is he or she trying to accomplish? This is NOT the same thing as what he or she argues; instead, it is the reason he or she argues.
The author’s methods—what strategies does the author use to support the thesis? Here you will want to also look back to Chapters 2
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