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Rhetorical analysis

In the article “Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps toward Rhetorical Analysis” by Carroll, many informations were completely new to my mind and never thought about them. Even though I know myself that I always do analysis such as, on people, things or places, all what was mentioned about rhetorical analysis, was fully explained to me new knowledge. On this article, it demonstrated how rhetorical analysis is dependent upon several things we need to know about, which they are Context, Exigence, Audience and Constraints. Also the needed of a methods to analysis anything, clarified to me the way that I will look through what I am analyzing. Logos, pathos and ethos, helped me to understand how rhetor delivers his/her requirements. From now on I will be more focusing on what I am going to analyze or even when watching or reading.

Laura Caroll and Nelson Graff analysis.

In this analysis both point out how we are continuously analyzing the people and environment around us. We do it every day without noticing it. Me personally like to study people before I engaged my self with them. One thing my grandma always told me was tell me who you walking around with and I tell you who I think you are, never forget that. This method allows us to do Better at making decisions about people situations and media. Nelson explains different ways to put ideas together for different types of audience, and how rhetorical outlines help your ideas to present to your audience.

Rhetoric Analysis

English Assignment 1

After reviewing the assigned articles they both covered rhetorical writing. They both outline the format and structures used to have what is to be considered good writing. The article “Teaching Rhetorical Analysis to Promote Transfer of Learning” spoke of how to evoke writers to be passionate about their writings in such a manner that there is extreme emphasis of this placed in their work. Traditional writings did not demand this of writers. Even though both writings outline structure it still leaves room for the writer to be free formed in their delivery.

Structuring keeps the reading easily able to follow and that it is clear and concise. Generally I believe writing should just flow at least when I am writing thought just over pour.

I am the type to write continuously and then go back and read my thoughts. Sure enough there will be tons of mistakes, hopefully not too much but sometimes there is just so much going on inside this head of mine. Writing has always been a way to release these thoughts.

Both articles touched the topics ethos, pathos and logos. I always thought that if your writing was good enough you would never have to specifically focus on how to convince or persuade the reader. If you writings are true, true to heart, desires, dreams or whatever inspires that everything else would fall into place. So taking a look at how these were defined I found that in my writings you will find these elements naturally. These writings both place emphasis of growth in writing no matter the style or format chosen.

I think the best works utilize bits and pieces of persuasion. Ultimately it states the conclusion the author wants the reader to arrive at, after reading their point of view. It is more than just a view point, it’s the visualization of seeing something through someone else’s eyes. It does not put less value if you disagree but it should have you think beyond and outside of the box. The articles place emphasis on how they grow the writer utilizing structure but in a different way. I think in relation to ethos, pathos and logos it speaks of the person’s character. In everyone’s writings there is a piece of them lying underneath and when the reader analyzes, looks over or tries to have an understanding they draw a conclusion based on their prior experiences and influences.

I am still here trying to piece them all together, to try to have a better understanding on how would you know how much to put in your writing, should you have balance? Is there dependency on the topic? Hopefully I can gain more insight as I grow through my writings to see where I am more aligned. Is it truly all about growth in your works or the underlying’s of who you are through your work?

Both articles very insightful, a little long but at the very end it shows you how writings can be broken down and where our thoughts are derived from.


In the articles  “Teaching Rhetorical Analysis to Promote Transfer of Learning” by Nelson Graff and “Backpack vs. Brief case” by Laura Carroll, they described different ways we can view rhetoric writing and how we can demonstrate it. They talked about how English is spoken different based on where you are from and societies standards ways. Everyone have different style of writing and doing things. The articles also show how rhetoric is based on many other things and it up to us to see things in other ways to be more open to learning new things.

“Earlier Today I Paused for a Few Moments and I Noticed…”

Earlier today I paused for a few moments while I was showering and I notice that little-by-little, I have been cleaning and making some changes in my home that makes me feel good, such as: changing my shower curtains and lighting my candles more often than usual. I know I’m getting ready for a change in my life. I just wish I knew exactly what that is at this moment; but I felt a shift last December and I am ready for the change like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly!

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