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How To Write An Effective Rhetorical Analysis Essay: A Great Strategy

In a rhetorical analysis essay you may write about a book, film, television show, or other subjects that are supposed to bring some message to a particular audience. You should determine and analyze what instruments were used by the author of the original work to depict his or her ideas. You may also state whether the ideas were conveyed successfully. If you want to learn how to write your rhetorical analysis essay, read the tips below.

  1. Gather information.
  2. The first thing you need to do before writing your paper is to identify the SOAPS (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, and subject) of the work you’re going to analyze. The second step is to examine the appeals (ethos, logos, pathos) and note style details. Consult your teacher to learn about these essential parts of your analysis. Basing on the gathered information you should form your analysis.

  3. Write the introduction.
  4. In the introduction you should mention that your paper is a rhetorical analysis essay so that your readers will know what to expect. Identify the work that you’re going to analyze in your paper. Point out the SOAPS briefly. You mustn’t do this in the direct order if it ruins the natural flow of your text.

  5. Create your thesis statement.
  6. Complete your introduction with a thesis statement. You may make your thesis about rhetoric techniques used by the author in his or her work. Later in your essay, you’ll analyze whether these techniques proved to be successful. It’s advisable to use such words as “effective” and “ineffective” instead of “good” and “bad” in your thesis.

  7. Write the body.
  8. The most effective way to write the body of a rhetorical analysis paper is to divide it into paragraphs related to particular rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, and pathos). However, you don’t have to make them equal in size. You may narrow your focus on a certain rhetorical appeal if necessary. When raising some arguments, it’s advisable to support them with good evidence, rather than your personal opinion.

  9. Write the conclusion.
  10. Restate your thesis statement in the conclusion. However, this time it should be more complex and deep than in the introduction. Support your thesis by restating your main ideas that you’ve conveyed in your paper. If your topic needs further research, specify the ways in which it can be done. Point out the significance of your analysis and a further research of this topic.

These are the basic tips that will help you in writing your rhetorical analysis. Consult your teacher for details.


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