Then, in an essay of 3-4 pages, analyze the essay(s) you have selected by paying


Then, in an essay of 3-4 pages, analyze the essay(s) you have selected by paying close attention to the author’s word choices and overall rhetorical strategies. Issues you might address include:
whether the author has presented a well-organized, point-by-point argument or whether s/he employs a less direct approach;
what the nature of that argument or larger point (i.e., the thesis) is;
whether the author writes in the first, second, and/or third person and what impact that person has on the thesis;
whether the author refers to other works or authors to establish his or her point;
whether the author uses a heavily descriptive style with vivid adjectives or whether s/he adopts a direct, minimalist style;
whether the author uses examples and illustrations;
what metaphors, similes, and other literary devices the author uses, if any;
what type of narrative structure the author uses (in other words, is the argument presented in a chronological manner? does it employ in medias res, flashbacks, or foreshadowing?);
whether the author uses any of the rhetorical appeals;
whether the text is free of logical fallacies;
whether the text includes unstated assumptions that should be recognized;
and whether the overall structure is inductive (i.e., proceeding from particular details to a larger point or picture) or deductive (i.e., proceeding from the big picture or a broad claim to the small, supporting details.
You do not need to address all of the points listed above; tackle only the ones that are relevant. You may also discover that your chosen reading(s) has more rhetorical features than are listed above. The important aspect of this assignment is that you pay close attention to the language of the text(s) and think about how specific words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs shape the overall message of the work(s).
This essay should be double-spaced, use 12-point type, and follow MLA guidelines. It should be written in the third person, include at least four direct quotations with in-text citations, and end with a Works Cited page. The due date for this essay is June 12 (11:59 p.m.).


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