Nast-y Rhetoric

  • Today we are going to conduct a brief class wide rhetorical analysis of Thomas Nast's 1874 "Worse than Slavery" cartoon
  • Examine the image. Your task will be to analyze the image on the screen using the prompts below.
  • A mini-rhetorical analysis!
    1. Context: Based on your lecture notes, what was going on in America during this time period (1874)? Who might this image have been intended for?
    2. Summary: What is the message? When was it produced?
    3. Rhetorical elements: What types of appeals are being used (ethos/pathos/logos) in this image? Explain which appeals are the most visible.
    4. Audience: Who is the intended audience for this image? Where might this have been published?
    5. Evaluation: Why is this image effective? How does it help us(in 2018) understand the perspectives of the Americans during the time period?
  • Class discussion!

Why are we spending time discussing rhetoric and practicing your rhetorical analysis skills? Next week, Professor Bray and I will be discussing Writing Project 1: The Rhetorical Analysis, your first major writing assignment for the learning community. You will need to hone these skills in order to dive into that assignment! :)

(Hint: Writing Project 1 will also help you to be successful in your Reacting to the Past game. Just sayin'...)