In this essay you will practice your critical reading skills as you perform a close reading of a text. You will analyze the rhetorical strategies an author uses in his/her argument as you develop a thesis in direct response to a writing task. You will also demonstrate mastery of MLA citation.
The first step to intertextual argumentation is critically reading what others have written and understanding the relationships between arguments on the same issue. No argument is written in a vacuum, and each implicitly or explicitly responds to arguments others have made. In order to understand what those arguments are and how they are dealt with, one must read very closely, looking at the rhetorical strategies an author employs.
Choose an editorial or an opinion piece written in the past 90 days. Analyze the argument rhetorically, paying attention to how the author(s) construct(s) the argument.
Then, in a cogent, well-supported essay, please respond to the following question:
TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE AUTHOR ACHIEVE HIS/HER PURPOSE?
Caveats and Advice
Implicit in the writing prompt is a need to define the author’s purpose in writing. You will also need to provide a brief summary of the text you are analyzing. As you determine the effectiveness of the argument you analyze, consider the author’s use of support, tone, writing style, organization, and diction.
Do not simply agree or disagree with the content of the argument you are analyzing. Instead, focus on the quality of the writing. If you wish to express an opinion on the issue the writer discusses, you should save your opinion for the conclusion of your essay.
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