Rhetorical Analysis: Deconstructing an Argument Rhetoric is the study of how writers and speakers use words to influence an audience. A rhetorical analysis is an essay that breaks-down a work of non-fiction into parts and then explains how the parts work together to create a certain effect—whether to persuade,entertain or inform. A rhetorical analysis should explore the author’s goals, the techniques used, examples of those techniques, and the effectiveness of those techniques. When writing a rhetorical analysis, you discuss how the author makes an argument and whether or not the approach used is successful. This third, and final, paper is a rhetorical analysis of the article, “What We Talk About When
We Talk About Batman and Superman:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Batman and Superman.” By Abraham Riesman. It was published in Vulture Magazine What you are being asked to do:
Fully introduce the text you are analyzing and provide a brief summary of the author’s argument. Then identify and describe how the author utilizes FOUR persuasive appeals (rhetorical strategies of ethos, logos, and pathos) to advance her/his argument and persuade the readers. (each one will be its own paragraph)
You must provide examples (specific textual references, paraphrases, and direct quotes) from the essay to support your claims.
You need to describe the overall structure of the essay (how/why is the format effective)
Lastly, evaluate the extent to which the argument is convincing based on the overall essay.
Rhetorical Analysis Essay Elements to Consider as You Write:
This is not a research paper. You will only have one source on your work cited.
This paper needs to be written in third person narrative. (The author claims. . . )
No first or second person pronouns (I, me, we, you, yours, etc.)
Introduce the full essay and the author in the introduction paragraph, then refer to the article by the author’s last name for the remainder of the paper.
Please review MLA, all MLA guidelines are expected to be adhered to in this final paper.
Minimum word count: 1000-1250See Canvas for due dates Use the following class handouts (Rhetorical Analysis Folder) under Files 1) Rhetoric and Writing Argument (Become familiar with the terms of rhetoric) 2) Rhetorical Analysis Paragraph (Sample body paragraph) 3) Ethos/Logos/Pathos (Terms necessary to analyze the selected essay) 4) Precis (template to be used for the introduction paragraph of essay three) 5) PIE – Rhetorical Paragraph Template (outline for body paragraphs)