Variation of a rhetorical analysis
, which is a variation of a rhetorical analysis you will be developing a research question on a significant current issue, finding evidence which guides you to an answer to said question, then writing an essay that both summarizes and analyzes the data and various arguments presented around the issue. While this type of writing might feel disembodied from standard the real world, it nevertheless emphasizes analysis skills useful in outside contexts: Whether it’s being able to break down the strengths or flaws in an argument (debunking why a conspiracy makes no sense), convincing a good friend why their well-intentioned argument is irrational, or in a professional context, being able to perform a needs assessment or marketing analysis.
You may opt to continue with your same topic from Essay #2 or choose an entirely new topic. Similarly, you may focus on your previously chosen audience/context (peer group; lived community; workplace context). Regardless of the option chosen, your essay will need to address the following:
- Describe and briefly summarize the key arguments presented in your evidence.
- Identify the assumptions and premises (e.g. warrants) of the evidence or arguments.
- Analyze the quality of said premises and assumptions (i.e. provide a rationale for why these are valid or weak premises). This means highlighting fallacies or other flaws that weaken the overall argument, and/or highlighting the strengths of the argument.
- Identify the most prominent rhetorical appeals in the argument and their strength.