Analysis of Persuasive Appeals and Rhetorical Strategies
Write an analysis of an academic text’s argument, with particular emphasis on rhetorical strategies.
Use MLK’s “I Have a Dream”to demonstrate an understanding of “persuasive appeal” and “rhetorical strategy.” Ultimately, your paper will demonstrate an explicit knowledge of choices authors make to inform, influence, or persuade audiences.
To be successful, this analysis will include the following components:
- An introduction that introducesyour project to the reader and describesthe work to be done in the body of thepaper.
- Previewthe general organization of yourpaper
- A discussion of the authors’ use of persuasive appeals. You may decide to discusslogos (logic), pathos (emotion), and ethos (credibility), or you may decide to discuss only one of these appeals. These appeals are achieved by using rhetorical strategies, so your investigation will begin by identifying a strategy and then showing how it persuades through logic, emotion, and/orcredibility.
b.Previewthe key questions your paperaddresses
c.Stateyour claim and reason concerning what you notice about the rhetorical choices authors make
2.An explanation of the authors’ central claim and reason, as well as background onthe
author, the audience, the social context, the place of publication
4.A conclusion that tells the significance or consequence of understandingpersuasive appeals.
Although these sections are listed separately, your paper will link them through smooth transitions. Remember that you will need to provide quoting and examples to support your claim.