Post #2: Neo-Aristotelian Analysis (Persuasive Strategies/Effects)

Due by the class period on Wednesday, January 29th

*Please respond to blogging prompts in a new posting in your own blog. Please enumerate and entitle all of your blog postings in line with the posting assignment number and title.

“The School of Athens” by Raphael, 1509-1511

A Neo-Aristotelian Perspective is one of the methods of rhetorical criticism you can use in your Critical Essay #1. For this blog post, you will use the rhetorical method of Neo-Aristotelian criticism to conduct a brief rhetorical analysis (3-5 paragraphs). Please follow our class meetings and assigned readings on the steps for writing a Neo-Aristotelian criticism. Also, please make sure to read and learn from the model essays discussed during the class period before selecting your own rhetorical artifacts and analyzing them.

The goal of the Neo-Aristotelian rhetorical perspective is to discover and write about the available means of persuasion in a text.

  1. For the artifact of analysis, locate a speech that could be considered as a mediated pop culture text. You are free to locate a speech from any media, and the speech can be either fictional or nonfictional. For models, see the list of examples on page 50 in our textbook. Ideally, the full transcript or a portion of your selected artifact should be available online so that you can include its link in your posting. If not, find another way to describe the speech and include portions in your posting.
  2. Describe the elements of the rhetorical situation for your selected artifact.
  3. Interpret the text according to the five canons.
  4. Finally, evaluate the overall effect and implications of your selected artifact.

Be ready to share your findings when prompted in class.

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