This resource covers how to write a rhetorical analysis essay of primarily visual texts with a focus on demonstrating the author’s understanding of the rhetorical situation and design principles.
Lunsford, Andrea and John J. Ruszkiewicz. Everything’s an Argument. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s 2010. (Chapter 5 deals with rhetorical analysis)
While analysis of the speeches may be of great personal interest, study of the rhetoric employed in the works of literature could be useful for your education. Choose the piece of literature you have already read and work on them. There are five recommended works for analysis:
Some students may choose a topic that reflects the interests they intend to explore for the research paper; however, most students select a topic based on the text's viability for rhetorical analysis, not for its potential as a research topic.
Rhetorical analysis of the speeches is highly productive. They are immensely rich in rhetoric strategies because the main goal of the speech is to persuade the audience in speaker’s point of view.
The success of writing a proper rhetorical essay lies in choosing a good topic. While it may be difficult to decide on the particular topic, you should follow two major requirements. Firstly, focus on your interests. If the topic you want to discuss is familiar to you, you will have a head start. Secondly, consider urgent topics that will interest your readers. There may be different widely discussed matters, so you may easily hear about them on TV.
Ruszkiewicz, John J. and Jay Dolmage. How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010 (Chapter 8 focuses on rhetorical analysis)
Roen, Duane, Gregory R. Glau and Barry M. Maid. The McGraw Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010 (pgs. 20-23 offers information on rhetorical analysis)
In this essay I will evaluate the rhetorical effectiveness of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous speech and show that his speech is a successful argument for the United States of America.
More specifically I will refer to the rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos and logos, and explain how they are used to gain the support and attention of the audience and further the further the purpose of the speech.
These OWL resources will help you understand and work with rhetorical theories regarding visual and graphical displays of information. This area includes resources on analyzing and producing visual rhetoric, working with colors, and designing effective slide presentations.
A Comparative Rhetorical Analysis is...
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each article
determine how the tone, structure, and organization of each article makes it more or less effective
determine if sufficient evidence is presented to support the author's claim
Determine how you will structure your own argument about these two works
Present sufficient evidence (quotes and paraphrases) to prove your own argument about these works
Find and interesting way to open your essay
Create a "so what" to conclude your essay
Do not write about the "topic" of the articles
You should not talk about whether you agree or disagree with the articles' messages
You do not need to define logos, ethos, or pathos, rhetoric, comparative analysis, or any other word unless you honestly think the reader would not know what is means
Do not simply summarize the articles
a) identify two articles
b) establish connection between them
c) identify which one is more persuasive
In addition to the rhetorical triangle, structure of an argument, and rhetorical appeals, you should look at the following devices used by authors when performing critical analysis.
It can be difficult to figure out what will make a good topic for a rhetorical analysis essay. Should you pick a speech, a monologue, or a poem? What about a sermon, or a short story? Any of these can be used in a rhetorical analysis essay, but some are going to be easier for you depending on your interests. If you really like politics, maybe you would like to write about a famous presidential speech. If you like Shakespeare, maybe you would like to write about a famous monologue. If you are religious, a sermon might be the most interesting topic for you. Whatever you choose, it should be well-known or at least important in some sense: speeches that happened after major crises or poems that have stood the test of time, for example, will be much more interesting (and easy!) to write about than a forgotten short story or a routine political address. Here are 20 great rhetorical essay topics to consider: