Assignment: For this last short rhetorical analysis assignment, you’ll be analyzing the structure and style of one essay. Identify the various components of structure and style and explain to the reader how they function to advance the author’s argument.
Your choices are the following (choose only one to analyze for your essay):
- “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldua
- “Civil Disobedience” by Henry D. Thoreau
- “Just Think: The Challenges of a Disengaged Mind”
Your essay should be 3 pages long and in MLA format.
As you prepare to write your essay, here are some questions you can ask yourself. Of course, don’t just answer these questions one by one. Instead, answer these questions as part of your brainstorm process, then synthesize the information into your analysis.
- What are the main component parts and/or subparts of this text? What does each part or subpart contribute to the reader’s experience?
- Does a particular section in the text set up the reader for an experience delivered later by another part of the text?
- What expectations are created and then satisfied by these different sections?
- What conventional forms are at work? (Or is the form unconventional?)
- What expectations is the audience likely to have based on the genre?
- Are those expectations met?
- How would you describe the style of the work?
- What do you think the author intended in presenting the work in the style he/she choose?
- What stylistic virtues does the argument exhibit?