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Project #3 Assignment

(GWRIT 103-Smith)

This assignment challenges you to evaluate the use and presence of the appeals (and fallacies) in order to better understand how they operate within an argument, how they can hinder the argument, and how knowledge of these rhetorical gestures can inform a deeper awareness of your own style of argument.

Choose one piece from the editorials and arguments in your book or from another source. Write a rhetorical analysis/evaluation, in which you discuss the strategies, major flaws, and successes in the piece. Your first challenge will be to identify and document the rhetorical situation, and then to correctly identify the general appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) and to show how they function. Then you will need to argue whether they work successfully or unsuccessfully for the author’s intended audience.  Of course, you will want to spot and identify false or misleading argument, as well as moments where the writer has made a misstep in tone, or if their extrinsic (“unartistic”) proofs are less than convincing or reliable. You will probably want to do a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis (although this may not prove fruitful in every case). You will need to cite specific examples from the text to support your claims. As you quote and paraphrase, imagine that you are writing to an audience that is unfamiliar with the piece.

 

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