Rhetorical Analysis of Specific Texts - Rilling

Rather than just requiring a rhetorical analysis, I have decided to provide you more choice in writing the last paper for the semester. Choose one of the following and write a 2-3 page paper.

  1. Do a rhetorical analysis of one of the final readings for the semester (Elshtain, Karpati, Begley, Hubbard, or--if you want to read a day ahead--Wheeler). Some issues to consider: the author's audience and purpose, the theme of the essay, how this theme is presented to this audience, what the author might have done differently, etc.
  2. Choose another topic from your discipline and write a short essay about the topic for a specific generalist audience (readers of TIME or a sixth-grade science class, for instance). Specify the audience.
  3. Rewrite paper number 5 with a different audience in mind. For example, for paper 5, Jill wrote about her research on proteins for a science audience. For paper 6, she could simplify the technical language she used in paper five and focus more on the human implications of this type of research in a short TIME article on advances in science.