Writing A Rhetorical Analysis Essay: Instructions For Newbies


When it comes to writing a rhetorical essay, it cannot be said that there is a given method to perfectly organize your data. With this said, instead of focusing more on organization of your academic paper, you should channel most of your effort towards ensuring that you adhere to every specifications of the paper. If all the specifications are met, then the arrangement of the paper will turn out to be an added bonus. Essays are usually made up of the introduction, body paragraphs and finally, the conclusion. If it is your first time writing such academic paper, then read on to understand how you can achieve better results and scores.

Here are the three major parts of a rhetorical essay and what your tutor expects to see within each part. They are as follows:

  • The Introduction: This is where you set the figurative landing stage for your paper. In this part of the paper, you should let your target readers know that what you are carrying out is a rhetorical analysis so that they don’t expect an evaluation and getting disappointed when it is not forthcoming. Give them the background data of the document (photograph, cartoon, advertisement) under consideration. Tell them the rhetorical situation as it relates to the document and this includes the author of the work, target audience, its purpose, context and more. In all, make it quick and short.

  • Body Paragraphs: How you organize the body paragraphs of your rhetorical essay is mostly determined by the size and genre of the document under consideration. Whichever option you choose in organizing your paper, always remember that your focus should be on proper presentation of the various parts of the document, followed by detailed analysis of how each given part works and a clear suggestion of the relationship between such part and the main aim of the paper. So, whether you choose to use logos, pathos, appeals or a combination of two of them is entirely up to you.

  • Conclusion: Writing the conclusion of your essay is not different from how you conclude other essays you have written in the past. All you need to do is give a restatement of the main points, not forgetting to tell your readers their significance. In a situation where you believe that further researches need to be carried out in order to further augment what you and others have done so far, don’t hesitate to give such recommendation. This would attribute more credibility to your work.

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