Thinking about the Rhetorical Situation

Remember that any time you evaluating a source, you can analyze its rhetorical situation to get a better understanding of it.

  • Your job is determine what was the author's purpose for writing to his particular audience.
  • What factors of context had an impact on the author, his or her message, and the intended audience.
  • How the author used his ideas and language and the rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos, logos to accomplish his or her purpose.

Source 2: Garrison Announces His New Reform Policy (1837)

Considering Garrison's Purpose and his intended audience?

Source 3: Douglass Recounts His Life as a Slave (1845)

Douglass's Purpose and his intended audience?

Source 4: Garrison Announces "No Union with Slaveholders" (1844)

Garrison's Purpose and his intended audience?

Frederick Douglass Responds to William Lloyd Garrison (1853)

Douglass's Purpose and his intended audience?

Frederick Douglass, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" (1852)

Douglass's Purpose and his intended audience?