Rhetorical Analysis of Real-World Subjects

Show your understanding of the terms used in rhetorical analysis and show that you can apply those terms to something about the world around you that you find worth analyzing.

You may choose something that is or has been in the past important to you: maybe a movie, a TV show, an advertisement campaign, a song — whatever you want to understand more fully.

Analyze your topic using references to the concepts of:

  • exigence;
  • audience;
  • purpose;
  • argument;
  • constraints;
  • the triangle of reader, writer, and purpose;
  • Ethos, Pathos, and Logos.

These concepts overlap, so be sure to synthesize them in your own writing.