Don’t Blame the Eater” URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/23/opinion/don-t-blame-the-eater.html For this assignment, you will need to write a 2-3 page analysis of one of the essays listed below, following the guidelines provided below and in the other course notes. You should also review the “Rhetorical Analysis” chapter in They Say, I Say, pages A194-A206. You may choose from the following essays: “Don’t Blame the Eater”, pp. 709-712 Your job in the paper is to analyze the chosen essay, focusing on the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the author’s argument. There are several ways to go about writing such a paper, but your thesis will be based on your judgment of the essay. Develop a Clear Thesis Develop the thesis for your paper based on your answer to this question: Does the author of your chosen essay make an effective argument in his or her essay? Why or why not? Focus on several reasons to support your analysis. Analysis Consider some of the following questions as you develop ideas for your analysis. You do not have to answer all of the questions, but they may help you identify specific points that you would like to discuss in your paper. Examine the Author’s Thesis and Purpose Identify the author’s stance on the topic. Does the author establish a clear position on the issue? What is that stance? What is the author’s purpose? Is he trying to convince you to support a specific position? Does the author accomplish that goal? You may also want to consider some of the guidance from They Say, I Say “What’s Motivating this Writer”, p. 176-186 Examine the Author’s Ability to Reach the Intended Audience · Identify the author’s intended audience (consider place of publication) and the beliefs and values of that audience. Does the author write an effective argument for the targeted audience? · Why was the author effective or ineffective at reaching the intended audience? Examine the Author’s Methods What techniques does the author use to develop the essay? Does the author use statistics, examples, personal testimony, expert testimony, analogies, or some other technique to convince the reader? How effective do you find the author’s strategies? Is the information convincing? Why or why not? Do you see weaknesses in any of the author’s arguments? If so, where? Examine the logic. If the argument is particularly effective, why is it effective? What convinces you? Be specific where you can. Has the writer considered all relevant factors, or do other issues need to be discussed? Has the author considered opposing arguments? If not, does that weaken the argument? Examine the Author’s Persona Consider the author’s persona (the author’s self-presentation). Does the author appear to be well informed and believable? Fair and open minded? Why or why not? What tone does the author use? Does the author use sarcasm or ridicule in addressing objections to his or her position? If so, how does that affect the quality of the argument? Organization: There are several ways to develop this paper, but you may want to consider using the structure listed below. Introduction Clearly introduce the chosen essay by mentioning the name of the author and the article title. You may also want to provide some general background information on the author. You can also include information on the original place of publication. Clearly establish your argument by answering this question: Does the author of your chosen essay make an effective argument in his or her essay? Why or why not and for what reasons? The answer to this question can become your thesis. See the thesis in the example paper on p. A-202 for a good example. Body (At least three paragraphs) Focus on three or four points of analysis in the body of your paper. Make sure you develop each point in its own paragraph. You should have at least a five paragraph essay. The specific points of focus are up to you. Just make sure you avoid writing a summary paper. You will need to summarize some points from the essay, but do so to make a specific point. Follow points of summary with discussion. You may also want to quote to call attention to specific sentences within the author’s essay. You can then follow those quotes with analysis. Do not write a response essay, where you argue your own stance on the issue. That’s not the goal of rhetorical analysis. Conclusion Reiterate your final judgment of the essay you are analyzing. Try to end with an interesting statement. Requirements: 2-3 Pages in MLA format. See section 57 in Rules for Writers for guidance. DO NOT go over the maximum page length. Works Cited Page (this does not count toward your 2-3 pages. You could have 3 pages and a WC page). Cite your source in MLA format as a selection from an anthology. Review section 56b in Rules for Writers, and the MLA files on Blackboard to help. In-text citations in MLA format. Cite by author’s last name and page number. Review section 56a in Rules for Writers for specific guidance.
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