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09/04/2019

What is the best way to go about writing a rhetorical analysis?

QUESTION
What is the best way to go about writing a rhetorical analysis?
I have to write a whole bunch of them over the summer as preperation for AP english, i’ve never been taught about rhetoric before. I read an article explaining it but i’m a little bit confused as to what i should be looking for and responding to. My teacher says to think about the “rhetorical dimensions” of the essays i’m reading, what exactly does that mean? I understand that i should be examining the context as well as gaining insight into the writer and his/her intended audience, but exactly what kind of response is this?

ANSWER
Your thesis should probably be what point the author is trying to get across. The subclaims should be different devices the author used to get the point across. For example the devices could be syntax, comparisons, ethos/pathos/logos, etc. Then use several examples of the author’s rhetoric containing these devices and explain how the example connects to the claim.
Oh, & my english teacher always taught us that the examples always do one of three things: emphasize, clarify, or add emotion (to the author’s main point). So use those words to tie the example back to the thesis.