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09/04/2019

For you English majors, If I am to write a textual/rhetorical analysis on an essay….?

QUESTION
For you English majors, If I am to write a textual/rhetorical analysis on an essay….?
What should be my main objectives in the essay? What exactly are you trying to accomplish by writing textual/rhetorical essay? Any other tips?

Thank you.

ANSWER
You are supposed to find something that was important in the text and write something on it. Was there an underlying theme to the work, or was there some important symbol that motivated the plot, or was there a metaphor that can be analyzed? Take one of these and analyze it, and write what you think it means, what you think it means to today’s society or how it influenced the work. By doing a textual analysis on a work, you are trying to find something important yourself and trying to write about what it means. For instance… In Gulliver’s Travels, Gulliver takes great care in preserving his eye glasses and pocket telescope. Well, what does this mean? This is what you are supposed to write about. It means that Gulliver is acting as a guide, as a medium, to look into another society. This action allows the author to analyze another society through the character’s eyes and not through his own. This guides his satire on English society.

Hope this helps a bit.