ENC - RhetoricalAnalysis

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Rhetorical Analysis  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------- Rhetorical means “the art of using language effectively and persuasively,”  while analysis means “the separation of an intellectual or substantial whole  into its constituent parts for individual study.” Thus, the Rhetorical Analysis  assignment asks you to carefully study a selected piece of writing, visual,  or video and to “take it apart”—examining it not only for WHAT it says, but  for HOW it says it. You should aim for “critical distance” in your reading of  the text, which means that you’ll want to be wary of the assumptions you  bring with you.  As the poet Kahil Gibran instructed, "Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but  rather, 'I have found a truth.'" In other words, avoid the error of believing  there’s only ONE “correct” way to interpret your text of choice—rather, you  want to develop YOUR own, singular, reading of it, while convincing your  audience of the merits of your reading by using support from the text itself. 
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