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.

Sources 1 & 2 Focus on the Whiskey Rebellion

  • Source 1: Hamilton's purpose for writing and his intended audience
  • Source 2: Bache's purpose for writing and his intended audience

Sources 3 & 4 Focus of Reactions to the French Revolution

  • Source 3: Hamilton's purpose for writing and his intended audience
  • Source 4: Bache's purpose for writing and his intended audience

Sources 5 & 6 Focus on Reactions to Jay's Treaty

  • Source 5: Hamilton's purpose for writing and his intended audience
  • Source 6: Bache's purpose for writing and his intended audience