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Post #7: Rhetorical Analysis

Due by the class period on Friday, April 1st

This posting is supposed to be the first prewriting exercise for our upcoming Critical Essay #2 (conference length essay).

  1. What method of rhetorical criticism do you plan to use for this essay?
  2. What artifact do you plan to use? Why? What is the significance of analyzing this artifact from a rhetorical perspective (significance of uncovering its underlying messages)?
  3. What is the rhetorical situation of this artifact? In a few sentences, identify the elements of the rhetorical situation for this artifact: rhetor, topic, audience, purpose, context).
  4. Finally, in a few sentences: why do you think your selected method is appropriate to analyze this artifact? (Does it indicate use of¬†metaphors to uncover? Is it crucial to uncover any human motivation by identifying the artifact’s pentadic orientation? Is the narrative constructed such as special way to guide our interpretation of the situation? Is there a new genre? Application of a genre, or participation in a genre? Etc. Be specific!)

*Be ready to share and brainstorm ideas with your peers on Friday.

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