Rhetorical Analysis

When thinking of choosing your primary source for this assignment, you need to keep a couple of things in mind:

  1. Pick a historical period that Dr. Wooster is covering that interests you. (Colonial, Revolutionary, Market Revolution, Civil War)
  2. Choose a historical actor whose words exemplify the cultural, social, or political atmosphere of the period.
  3. RESEARCH your historical actor using the Triad C Library Guide.
  4. Once you find that seminal piece, apply the knowledge that you have gained thus far in Composition to rhetorically analyze your source. (pathos, ethos, logos, and RHETORIC!)
  5. Be sure to provide proper context to "set up" your analysis. (So, if you are researching a sermon given by John Cotton against Anne Hutchinson, you need to include background information of the controversy.)
  6. Then, once you've provided context and a thorough analysis of your source which includes direct quotes as evidence, be sure to tell us (the reader) WHY this is significant. Remember, thinking historically, what implications would your historical actor's words have in the community, country, or even the world? In short, what was the effect?

Let's look at some examples!