Reflection

Think back on the process of writing the literary analysis. Write a short note about what you learned from the process. What do you like about the essay? What are the strengths and weaknesses? Where did you struggle?

Intro to Arguments

Language is an art form. Here is the Wikipedia definition of Rhetoric.

Rhetoric is the art of discourse, wherein a writer or speaker strives to inform, persuade or motivate particular audiences in specific situations.

Aristotle’s definition of rhetoric

“The faculty of observing, in any given case, the available means of persuasion

ethos pathos

Ethos: Appeals to Ethics, Credibility or Character. Ethics, ethical, trustworthiness or reputation, style/tone. The credibility of the speaker persuades.

Pathos: Appeals to Emotion. Emotional or imaginative impact, stories, values. Uses emotional response to persuade an audience.

Logos: Appeals to logic. Persuade by reason and evidence.

Solution Argument

A solution argument is a research argument that is arguing for a solution to a problem. For example, instead of arguing that abortion is bad, we would argue for solutions to abortion. How can we help people have less abortions? This does some good in the world.

Solution Argument Prompt

Two Years are Better Than Four

What is Liz Addison arguing in her essay? What points is she making? How does she back them up?

Titles as Metacommentary

Metacommentary is “a way of commenting on your claims and telling others how – and how not – to think about them” (129). How can we use titles to tell the readers about your paper?

Let’s look at some examples.

The Danger of a Single Story

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells a story about how she found her authentic voice and warns against a single story.

Where did she use Ethos, Logos, and Pathos? How persuasive is she?