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Discussion Form: “What in the world is a rhetorical analysis?” (DUE 9/11)

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    Post your response to the assigned reading (100 – 150 words) on the group discussion forum. See discussion question(s) below.

    • Discussion Question(s): What is one idea from the text that interests or confuses you? Why? After reading this text, what strategies might you use to write your Source-Based Essay?
    • To post your response, reply to the discussion forum here.
    Erezana Morina


    I found it helpful when the text explained the steps to take when writing the rhetorical analysis. I will keep in mind that before starting the rhetorical analysis you have to understand the sources, especially their thesis. After reading this text, I will definitely use some of the questions that the author provided to try to break down the article/source closely. However, I was confused by one question, which included the word “Chronologically”, but I looked it up and now I understand it more clearly. To conclude,  when I read this text, I remembered “close reading”, which I think is similar to rhetorical analysis because you have to break down the text and try to analyze. Also, I liked how the tutorial provided an example of how to differentiate rhetorical analysis and summary.


    Edward Quezada

    After reading through “What in the world is a rhetorical analysis”, one idea that interests me is being able to provide a deep analysis regarding the author’s strategies instead of solely focusing on a basic summary of the author’s points throughout their literary work. I understand that a rhetorical analysis is not a summary but rather a way of breaking down how the literary work was written in order to efficiently showcase its purpose to the audience.  The strategies that I might take into consideration would be to thoroughly explain the effects of the author’s choice of strategy in their literary work. Another strategy would be to ask myself several questions as I am reading in order to ensure that I can better understand the author’s strategies in order to provide a well written analysis.

    Aditya Sankar Das

    In the article “What in the world is a rhetorical analysis,” one idea that I feel interested in is it explained the steps in-depth analysis of the author’s techniques throughout their literary work. After reading the article, I realize that rhetorical analysis is the use of literary devices that can change someone’s perspective. The author guides us on how to break down the text and closely read down the article to better understand the author’s purpose. After reading this text, the strategies I might use closely reading the article and try to find what literary devices the author applied to express his ideas and improve the writing. It will help me connect to the characters and themes.

    Elena Yu Xu

    In the article “What in the world is a rhetorical analysis?”, there are some points that interest me, such as its way of explaining the significance of a rhetorical analysis, which gave me a lot more details to understand it in a better way. After that, it also provided the difference among a summary and what a real rhetorical analysis is, which helped me to know the distinction between them. Next, some of the strategies that I will be using when writing my rhetorical analysis are the steps and the questions the author guided us in her writing, and also the idea to “proofread” it when checking and finishing our analysis.

    Christine Castillo

    This article was so refreshing in its tone and delivery! I found it to be incredibly helpful in breaking down the ‘how’ of rhetorical analysis. It is much more clear to me now that the intention is not so much about summarizing information alongside the authors tone and intent but more about how “you break off the “parts” from the “whole” of the piece you’re analyzing. The goal of a rhetorical analysis is to articulate HOW the author writes, rather than WHAT they actually wrote.” When I read this, it clicked for me. I am so used to trying to paint a complete picture for a reader and this article definitely helped me grasp what exactly is expected in this style of writing. I am looking forward to applying this new understanding to the source based essay assignment by utilizing the questions the writer provided.

    Alexa Morales

    This article helps organize my thoughts for the next assignment. I’m more interested in how rhetorical analyses mainly require you to break down a text by what you think. I knew that rhetorical analyses were based on what I think, but I did not know it also had to connect to how the author writes. I’m not really confused with what a rhetorical analysis is except questioning why it’s so important to do. The only time I’ve written a rhetorical analysis was in my Freshman year in school but after that I’ve never been asked to do so until now. I know that for my own paper I’ll be sure to ask myself these questions such as “are important terms repeated?” or “what did the author choose to study?”. I think these questions mentioned in the article will really help me when it comes to my own rhetorical analysis.

    Andrey Musin

    The text did a good job clarifying what we’re really doing when we analyze a piece of writing rhetorically which helped deepen my idea of what I will be doing for my Rhetorical Essay. Breaking down a text into parts to try to figure out what the whole is one thing I took from the text that shaped my understanding of rhetorical analysis. The chart at the end is also a very good tool and something I will personally be using when I am analyzing my sources for my essay. The questions in the chart reflect the idea that the text said in the beginning, to break the essay into parts to better understand what the whole of it is attempting to convey.

    Alice Liu

    In the article, “What in the World is a Rhetorical Analysis”, the author starts by introducing to us, what is considered a rhetorical analysis and what isn’t, then he/she informed the readers on how to analyze a writing piece by giving us questions that we should consider when reading so that we can write a rhetorical analysis. Overall, nothing confused me. The author did an amazing job in making it understandable to the readers, and after reading this text, I would consider using the is questioning of what the author chose to study and why, and if important terms are repeated. When reading an article, I would have never considered these types of questions and if I were, I think it would be extremely beneficial to how I write my rhetorical analysis.

    Faith Morales

    In the article, the author provided the audience with a clear understanding of what rhetorical analysis is and how to do an analysis. She started by stated the definition of the topic and then stated various questions we could use to analyze our text for a rhetorical analysis. I really admired the way the author broke down rhetorical analysis for the reader to understand. She included questions that could help with your writing and step-by-step instructions on how to complete a rhetorical analysis. This article really helped me get a more clear understanding of how I can organize my ideas and write a good analysis. I found the questions she provided very useful and I will be sure to take them into consideration in my upcoming essay. This article was perfect for our assignment and I’m sure everyone can use these tips to their advantage.

    Jaden Fabro

    The article “What in the world is a rhetorical analysis?” breaks down what to consider when determining how an author writes and why they choose to write what they did. The question “What is the sentence structure of text? Are there fragments, run ons? Is it declarative, imperative, exclamatory?” intrigued me because it made me think of poetry and music lyrics, where there are very apparent structures and deliberate language. Similarly, authors will use different styles of writing to get their messages across. This question reminded me to pay attention not only to the author’s word choices, but also the context it’s in. After reading this article, I will definitely use the chart provided at the end to organize my thoughts, and throughout reading my articles I will continuously ask myself why the author chose to include or not include information and why they phrased it the way they did.

    Jiajie Liang

    One of the points that really interested me after reading the article “What Exactly is Rhetorical Analysis?” is that it teaches us to study rhetorical analysis in depth. Firstly, we are taught how to use rhetorical analysis properly by the author sharing her  writing strategies. The second is to guide us through the steps of writing.  Although rhetorical analysis is not a summary of the whole text, rhetorical analysis is a better way to express the details of the text. In addition,  it’s comprehend the substance of the content better  through the strategy of rhetorical analysis. This improves our composing ability, yet in addition helps in understanding the fundamental thought of the character.

    Haseeb Chaudhury

    The article “what in the world is a rhetorical analysis” informs us about what a rhetorical analysis is by providing many examples of it. It goes on stating that its different from a summary in that a rhetorical analysis is when you articulate in how an author writes rather than what he writes. In order to write a rhetorical analysis, we must identify the various writing strategies the author deploys in their writing. One idea in the text that interested me was that different authors would utilize different rhetorical strategies in order to convey their message to the audience. This is because the writing strategies they use can show us a deeper persona within themselves. After reading this text some strategies I might deploy in my writing would be my language, tone, and exigence.


    The article “What in the world is a Rhetorical Analysis” has many ideas that are very interesting to me some of which include the must-read scholarly articles that I never really knew about. I never knew scholarly articles existed and what it was till now and how important it is to gain extra information on other articles. It can help you better understand what the author wants you to get from his or her article. Another point that interests me is when it said “Rhetorical analysis is not a summary…” this quote got me thinking very differently in how I can do my own rhetorical analysis because now I understand that it’s taking apart line by line, word by word and analyzing what it means not as a whole but as parts of a whole.

    Andrew Salmieri

    In “What in the world is a rhetorical analysis?” we are introduced to a how-to on how to formulate our own rhetorical analysis. One idea from the text that I’m interested in is the five steps that the author gives to concoct an essay. Admittedly, it has demystified the structure and purpose of rhetorical analysis for me. Last week, I made the mistake of summarizing my chosen article instead of really digging into it and identifying how the author wrote in the process of conveying their message. I had a cloudy idea of what it was and was confused about its actual purpose. I thought ‘rhetorical analysis’ was just another “English” term, but now I realize it entails heavily investigating a text’s purpose, tone, and usage of language. I was particularly interested in the step where we have to identify the use of word choice and informal/formal language. The tone is not always easy to pick up from an inanimate piece of writing, so focusing on the use of words and whether the language is informal or not makes a lot of sense. After reading this text, strategies I might employ going forward include more closely reading the text in order to identify the author’s use of language and purpose and keeping in mind the use of repeat words.

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