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Unformatted text preview: Unit #1 Prompt: The Early Nineteenth Century American Short Story "Rip Van Winkle," "Young Goodman Brown," and "The Fall of the House of Usher" Rhetoric and Primary Materials "Rip Van Winkle," "Young Goodman Brown," and "The Fall of the House of Usher" all present rhetorical arguments to their readers. In particular, each author of these stories is presenting a message whether overt or subtleabout historical, social, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and class issues. These arguments are not always clear-cut; some of your classmates may think that an author believes X about an issue, while other classmates will think that the author believes the complete opposite about that very same subject. In your unit #1 paper, identify a controversial rhetorical argument about an issue in one of these stories. Then make a rhetorical argument to your audience asserting that the author is deliberately presenting that rhetorical argument to his audience. Keep in mind that to make his rhetorical argument, the author deliberately chose to use specific rhetorical strategies and techniques to persuade his reader about his argument, so you should pull that dialogue, description, character, scene,...
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- Spring '08