Rhetorical Analysis

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ENG 1463 Mr. Angell Spring 2013 Essay 4: Rhetorical Analysis Length: 3 pages (800 words), double spaced Due Date: 10/8 Weight: 100 points Every day we are bombarded with messages attempting to persuade our minds or influence our actions. Part of our responsibility as educated individuals is not only to recognize when this is happening, but also to understand how it is happening, and thereby make more informed decisions. To help develop this skill, write a rhetorical analysis of one of the following texts (to be found on ANGEL): * Rodriguez, Richard. "Public and Private Language." Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez. New York: Bantam, 2004. Print. * "Politics and the English Language." Orwell: Politics and the English Language. Web. 10 Apr. 2013." * Senator Nixon’s Checkers Speech." Watergate.info. Web. 10 Apr. 2013. After selecting your text, read through it carefully, and then read it again. These texts can be difficult, so you should give yourself time to understand them before you even start writing. You should be able to identify the author’s main purpose, the target audience, and the important points/arguments. Next, highlight or label the rhetorical strategies the author uses to help achieve his or her purpose. See the back of this sheet for a list of common rhetorical strategies. Finally, decide whether the strategies used are effective in achieving the author’s purpose, and begin writing your analysis. In the introduction of your analysis, provide the title of the text your chose, the author, the audience, a brief (1-2 sentences) summary of the text, some short historical or intellectual context, and a thesis sentence. In the body, use quoted evidence from the text to describe examples of the rhetorical strategies you discovered, explain how the author uses them, and argue why they are effective (or not). In

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