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For this rhetorical analysis assignment, you will dissect a speech (see the options below) to gain deeper insight into "the rhetorical situation" - encompassing the audience, purpose, medium, and context within which the speech originated. In addition to scrutinizing the speech’s rhetorical situation, you will also pinpoint and deliberate on the author’s utilization of rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos) or supporting evidence. *This assignment is distinctive as it does not hinge on your personal topic selection; rather, subsequent assignments build upon it, starting with the Annotated Bibliography and culminating with the Research Story.


As a foundational assignment, the rhetorical analysis will enable you to:

Identify and scrutinize the rhetorical elements of a piece of communication Evaluate the efficacy of a speaker’s choices concerning the rhetorical situation Establish a groundwork for future argumentative writing based on the skills and strategies scrutinized and analyzed in this assignment


Length: The analysis must meet a minimum of 1000 words. Ensure all elements specified below are incorporated into the analysis. Refer to Assignment Organization for details.

*Failure to meet the minimum word count will necessitate resubmission without a grade.

Organization: Please refer to the table below for comprehensive details regarding the required content and specifications of each component:

Component Content Conditions Introduction (Description)

The introduction is your initial opportunity to captivate your reader, stimulate their interest, and provide an overview of the forthcoming essay, delineating the purpose of the writing project and the parameters of your investigation. Concentrate on the speaker`s actions, methods, and motives, utilizing the stipulated conditions as your guide.

Ensure clear identification of the speaker and the speech title, along with any additional pertinent details for contextualization.

Place the speech within a broader context. Introduce the speech by characterizing the speaker and the occasion. Identify the intended audience and situation for the speech. Describe the speaker’s purpose. THESIS/CLAIM: Identify the rhetorical strategies to be discussed and outline, in general terms, how they serve the author’s purpose in relation to the intended audience. Body (Analysis)

The body will consist of paragraphs, each with its own topic sentences developed with specific references from the speech. Consider focusing each paragraph on a single rhetorical strategy or different aspects of one strategy. Effective strategies for paragraph development include:

Definition of the rhetorical strategy(ies). Incorporation of examples via quotation or paraphrasing to illustrate the author’s utilization of the strategy (typically two or three examples suffice). Explanation of how the examples illustrate the strategy and its contribution to the author’s purpose. Conclusion (Evaluation)

The conclusion reaffirms your thesis, succinctly summarizes the main points of your analysis, and elucidates the significance of your findings. The significance of your analysis may be underscored by posing questions such as:

How do the discussed rhetorical strategies elucidate the effects the speaker achieved with their audience? Why were these strategies effective or ineffective with the speaker’s primary constituency and other audiences? What do the rhetorical strategies imply about the speaker’s agenda?

Document Formatting: MLA formatting: Heading (name, assignment name, course name, date), original title, header (page numbers), double-spaced lines, 1” margins, and 12-point font size, Times New Roman or sans-serif font. The thesis must be underlined. Genre/Style: Formal analysis: thesis-driven and paragraph-formatted

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