Short story rhetorical analysis paper
Paper style: Academic, literary criticism
Page length: 2 pages, minimum
Paper format: APA Style
Read “I Want a Wife” (Links to an external site.) by Judy Brady
Be sure to read the chapter in Everything’s an Argument student on how to write a rhetorical analysis. Note, this is not a researched paper, and students are not allowed to use any exterior sources when writing the paper. Doing so will be considered a form of cheating.
Carefully read “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady. Then write an essay in which you analyze the rhetorical strategies Brady uses to achieve her purpose. Papers should be more than two pages in length. Support your analysis with specific references to the essay.
When completing a rhetorical analysis essay, students are to examine the writer’s style and then determine how the choice of specific literary techniques create, develop, or enhance the theme/social commentary.
When writing about the rhetorical analysis and how it applies to the story’s theme, students are required to quote the literature in addition to using summarization and paraphrase skills. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated, and students who utilize these tactics will be disciplined as described in the student handbook.
Remember to use these questions as a guide to picking an article/story from your text:
What is the title of the literature?
Who is the writer?
When was the work written/published?
What is the work’s topic? What quote proves this?
What is the work’s theme? What quote proves this?
What are the writer’s dominant literary techniques? Do not be vague or ambiguous here; do not merely say diction, syntax, tone, etc. You must use more in-depth points here, and you only need to list two to three at this point.
Why do you think these contribute to the theme? You may be general; however, you should still show some form of thought and not just “I’m answering the question” superficiality.
This is an outline of what should be included in the essay.
Identifies time period and provides historical context
States author and title
Identifies correct persona
Identifies correct audience
Identifies correct argument
The thesis is present, accurate, and to the point
Body paragraph (each body paragraph has all criteria)
Topic sentence identifies one rhetorical strategy
Provides a quote that demonstrates the strategy
Explains how that particular strategy and quote persuades (appeal)
Explains why that strategy persuades the audience
Ties back to the argument
Restates thesis (in new words)
Explain how the argument will benefit the author and/or what it would look like in the real world
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