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Rhetorical Analysis Thesis Statement Elements to include in your thesis statement: The writer/speaker The intended audience (if known) The form of communication.

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1 Rhetorical Analysis Thesis Statement Elements to include in your thesis statement: The writer/speaker The intended audience (if known) The form of communication (i.e., letter, speech, essay, article, etc.) The principal tone(s) of the piece (two tones, if possible) A summary of the writer/speakers argument A statement of the writer/speakers purpose (i.e., convince, inform, explore, etc.) In this _(tone adjective(s))_ _(form of communication)_, ____(writer/speaker)____ ____(tone verb)____ ___(summary of argument)___ in order to ___(statement of purpose)___.

2 Example thesis statement for a rhetorical analysis essay In the humorous yet disquieting article Girl Moved to Tears by Of Mice and Men Cliffs Notes, The Onion mocks a generic college student who is emotionally affected by the study guide summary of Steinbecks classic novel in order to illuminate the pseudo- intellectualism rampant on college campuses. In order to illuminate the pseudo-intellectualism rampant on college campuses, The Onion published the humorous yet disquieting article Girl Moved to Tears by Of Mice and Men Cliffs Notes, which mocks a generic college student who is emotionally affected by the study guide summary of Steinbecks classic novel.

3 Thesis Statement for This Is Water In his casual yet sober commencement address to the graduating class of Kenyon College, David Foster Wallace juxtaposes two incongruous life perspectivesone of unconscious egocentrism, the other of mindful attentivenessin order to encourage his listeners that they can choose to live a life of humble awareness.

4 Tracing elements through the rhetorical framework diagram Explain how a particular persuasive element or organizational decision contributes to one of the appeals or creates a tone and how, together, they affect the writers overall purpose and meaning. HowWhat Why

5 Tone How Why What

6 WHYPurpose: to encourage audience to adopt his humble awareness WHATTone: modesty, humility WHATEthos: Wallace knows audiencethey dont want to be preached at or told how to thinkthis statement makes audience more receptive HOWSimple statement: I am not the wise old fish.

7 Avoid the words Ethos, Logos, and Pathos Instead of ethos, say establishes credibility or makes a connection with the audience or earns the right to be heard Instead of logos, say constructs the logical argument or posits the assertion/claim Instead of pathos, say evokes (not invokes) (a particular emotion)

8 Example of tracing an element through the rhetorical framework diagram Shortly after his opening joke about fish and water, Wallace makes the simple assertion that [He] is not the wise old fish (Wallace 1). Through this statement, Wallace accomplishes several initial goals. First, he obviates his audiences possible suspicion that hes about to pedantically preach at them for the next half hour. Hes keenly aware that his audience, comprised mostly of graduating seniors from a prestigious liberal arts college, is not interested in being told what to do or how to think, and this modest claim serves to make them more receptive to his message. His self-diminishing statement also creates a tone of humility, one that he employs throughout the speech. Ultimately, the statement and the tone both serve as models for the humble awareness Wallace hopes to encourage in his listeners.


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