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Can anyone find/give me and example of this (for my English paper)

Asked by remambermee (442points) October 3rd, 2010

“In the first section, you’ll mostly be writing about the content of your chosen essay. Here, spend a little time analyzing the rhetorical form of this text. You might be discussing features such as tone and organization. How does the writer structure his essay? What is unique about his style? Try to elaborate on these features of the text for an entire page.”

It’s on “dwelling in possibilities” by mark edmundson, if you want to know.
it’s written there what I need to do, but I can’t seem to understand it u.u like I don’t get the rhetorical part… I need an example or help writing it…

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Jeruba's avatar

Did your teacher talk about rhetorical forms in class? That’s your first clue.

What category of essay does this particular essay fall into? That’s not a question about subject matter. It’s about how the essay is put together and how it’s written. Your teacher should have already given you the tools to do this analysis. You use what you find in the essay to show that the classification you chose is correct.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Say what? You’re supposed to be writing about “the content of your chosen essay”, starting with “analyzing the rhetorical form” of the text. The questions you need to start answering are right there in front of you.

If you don’t understand what rhetoric is, then look it up and ask us to help understand parts of that if you still don’t get it. You’re not even being asked here to analyze any particular arguments or conclusions that the writer uses; you’re just being asked to assess some things about his style.

And what is u.u? I see that you even tagged it, but it means nothing at all to me… and probably to 99%+ of the rest of us here.

I’m sorry, but this is not at all a complicated assignment; it’s very straightforward and plain… if you know what the words mean in the assignment. If you don’t understand the words, then you don’t belong here asking for help. I realize this may seem harsh, but you need to get a dictionary and look up words; the answer is as simple as that.

remambermee's avatar

@Jeruba yes he did, but I didn’t really get it and that’s why i need help. like he gave us this glossary thing for terms for critical and rhetorical reading but i just don’t get it.
and it goes under Textual Analysis Essay? since that’s what it is on the sheet paper thing, like that’s what this essay is suppose to be about

no it’s understandable. and u.u is an emoticon.
im a 16 yr old who has to write a college paper. sorry.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@CyanoticWasp What’s simple and straightforward to you may not be for others (especially if this jelly is younger).

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BarnacleBill's avatar

@remambermee, you might find this glossary of rhetorical terms helpful. The definitions are pretty user-friendly.

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@remambermee So, what exactly do you not understand? Are you having trouble with what he means by rhetoric? Did he not give you examples of styles and formats?

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@CyanoticWasp I think rhetoric is a complex enough idea that the dictionary will only take you so far. A dictionary definition won’t help you when CNN starts talking about political rhetoric, and I know what the word means and I have no clue what the teacher means in this context.

remambermee's avatar

@papayalily and @CyanoticWasp

I apoligize for starting something if something did start.
Yeah I can look up definitions over and over, but I’m the kind that learns better through examples, I can grasp a concept better if I see it in front of me. That’s all I was asking for, was an example.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Don’t worry about it, @remambermee. We fuss and discuss all the time; it’s what we specialize and excel in here.

I hope that by now you’ve looked up “rhetoric” and “rhetorical”, and if you have some questions on the meaning of those words, we’re here to help. Me too. You could say, for example, that my rhetorical style resembles a hammer and an anvil, at least in this case: blunt, direct and repetitive.

I’ve not read your target essay, but you can start to answer the question about his rhetorical style. What is that like?

remambermee's avatar

do you want an answer? lol
and u.u is like an ugh/blank face if you want to know, well that’s what I use it for.

Well, I’m going to try and write this cause it’s not going to write itselfs.
so thank you everybody

sujenk7422's avatar

rhetoric |ˈretərik|
the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, esp. the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.
• language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content : all we have from the opposition is empty rhetoric.
You can write this paper, don’t get discouraged! The rhetoric that this person is describing (in my view) would be in the words the author uses to tell his story, such as “a dark and gloomy night” would give the tone of sadness or distraught. In rhetoric the words stand out as being very descriptive or rhyming, or brings out specific emotion. The second definition of rhetoric is what we hear from politicians during an election year. Good luck!

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