Rhetorical Mapping Essay

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Professor Ross English 1310 10/07/2014 Rhetorical Mapping Understanding the importance of rhetorical mapping is critical for the comprehension of a text. Through the understanding of rhetorical landscape one develops a deeper grasp of what the author wants to get across. Delineation of the rhetorical landscapes: purpose, audience, rhetor, context, and text helps the reader understand the why, what, and how of the speech. Why the speech was written, what is important about the speech and how the speech is incorporated in the reader’s life. Rhetorical mapping is the building blocks for understanding how to read and analyze a text properly. President George W. Bush’s speech, an “Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People” utilized rhetorical mapping effectively throughout the piece. Through analysis of the rhetorical landscapes the reader will gain the understanding of the speech’s main goals. Purpose is necessary in the understanding of a text. Purpose is the reason for the writing; whether it is to inform, entertain, explain, or persuade. Successfully accomplishing on a purpose requires explanation for why the speech or other form of writing was written. Purpose is also the argument the rhetor is trying to make. Without the knowledge of purpose one cannot begin to fully comprehend what the writer or speaker, in this case, wants to get across to his or her audience. In the speech, “Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People” Bush’s overall purpose was to not only inform the United States on the attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon but to give the Nation a plan of action. On September 11th, 2001 America was attacked by a group of terrorist know as al Qaeda. Bush states “Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution.” (52). He

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