Rhetorical Analysis

Another assignment for this course was completing a rhetorical analysis of an artifact that made an argument for a cause. The purpose of this assignment was to analyze an example of writing for citizenship; to explain to readers how a rhetorical artifact persuades its audience into a cause for the common good; and to contribute to our understanding of human symbolizing activity. For this assignment, I chose a speech that was given by Zach Wahls to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about his argument against the proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state of Iowa. Throughout the analysis, I discussed the many devices of rhetoric that Wahls utilized throughout his speech such as ethos, pathos, logos, narratives, and situational discourse. This assignment addressed the course learning outcome #5: understand how the knowledge, skills, and values learned in general education are interwoven and interrelated, and how they can contribute to the process of citizen leadership. The knowledge, skills, and values explained in the text used in our course allowed me to better analyze the effectiveness of Wahls speech and how he used the concepts of rhetoric to persuade his audience and contribute to the common good of his community. By analyzing his artifact, it will allow me to better understand how to complete my own rhetorical artifact to contribute to the common good of my own community in the future.