Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Please let there be a good hook and a thesis statement. You are use the rhetorical appeals ethos, logos, and pathos to analyze the essay fully.

  • Identify and BRIEFLY summarize the article. The whole paper is not a summary, but you need to include one. It should be no more than one paragraph in length and should be near the beginning of the essay. As stated above, if all you do is summarize the article I’m not reading it and assigning a failing grade.
  • Identify the author. Who wrote the piece, or who is taking responsibility for the message?
  • Identify other important information about the piece—when was it written, where was it originally published? You may need to do some online research to answer these questions.
  • Identify the probable audience. Who is the article attempting to target? How do you know? What specific things does the writer say or do to give you this information?
  • Identify the rhetorical appeals (pathos, ethos, logos) at work in the article. How are they targeting the audience (or intended to target)? How are they working toward or against the effectiveness of the article?
  • What conclusion(s) is/are the audience supposed to reach? Are they likely to do this? Why or why not?
  • Use evidence and well-developed arguments to support your own claims. In other words, indicate what you’re “reading” from the article and how you’ve come to your conclusions. Go beyond the surface answer of what might be obvious. Do a thorough, college-level analysis.
  • Formatting Guidelines:All formal essays for this class, including this one, must follow MLA-style formatting guidelines. This includes 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, a title (something more catchy or interesting than Analysis Essay or Formal Essay #1), your last name and page number in the right heading of each page and an MLA header with your name, the professor’s name, the course title and the due date in the top left corner of the first page. You must also include a Works Cited page with correctly formatted bibliographic listings, and proper quote conventions within the body of your essay.The analysis should be no less than three (3) full pages. I am happy to read more than this, but anything less than three pages will not receive a passing grade.Your essay should be written in a formal, academic tone. Strive to achieve a neutral, third-person perspective. First-person “me” and “I” statements have no place in this essay.