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For this assignment, you will write a rhetorical analysis, a thesis-driven essay in which you describe and evaluate a text’s rhetorical strategies.

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For this assignment, you will write a rhetorical analysis, a thesis-driven essay in which you describe and evaluate a text’s rhetorical strategies. The text you will analyze for this assignment will be J.R.R Tolkien’s “On Fairy Stories”.
In your analysis, you should identify and describe the rhetorical situation (genre, audience, purpose, stance, and context).
Specifically, you should pay attention to:
• the speaker’s primary argument
• secondary claims that support or extend the primary argument
• types of evidence that the speaker uses to justify his or her claims
• assumptions that the speaker makes about the topic or expects the audience to make about the topic
• the organizational, mechanical, and rhetorical delivery of the argument and evidence.
Note that a successful rhetorical analysis does not offer an independent analysis or argument about the subject matter of a text; instead, it answers the following questions:
• What rhetorical strategies does an author/ a text use to persuade its audience? (Close reading will provide the evidence for this – and help ground your arguments in the text under study)
• Why does the text use these rhetorical strategies?
• What effect do these rhetorical strategies have on the reader, and on the meaning of the text?
The purpose of this assignment is to:
• Break down and analyze the rhetorical moves made in a primary text, and then arrange and assemble those details in an essay explaining their overall purpose/effect for an academic audience.
• Revise and edit multiple drafts to produce writing that is well organized, mechanically and grammatically sound, and mostly error free
• Provide effective feedback on the writing of their peers, and both reflect upon and incorporate peer and instructor feedback through editing and revision processes
(PLEASE DO NOT WRITE A FINALIZED COPY, MAKE A PAPER THAT NEEDS EDITING AS I HAVE A DRAFT WORKSHOP TO ATTEND FOR THIS.)

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