Help me study for my English class. I’m stuck and don’t understand.
In response to one or both readings, you will write an analysis. Follow the guidelines addressed in Chapter 14 and the lectures presented in this module. Be sure to clarify the question you’re exploring, the insight you gain, and the evidence supporting that insight. Remember, this is an argumentative essay. Each essay should be composed of an introduction, three body paragraphs, conclusion, and a works cited page. Your thesis statement should tell the reader what your argument is (avoid announcing your thesis). Your body paragraphs should each start with a topic sentence explaining what point the paragraph will make. Provide evidence from the text to support your argument. Provide closure with a conclusion that answers the question, “so what?”.
Consider the story is not only about a boy and his father or about a dark and disturbing town. Instead, it tells us about the value of education or the lengths people go to in exchange for being part of a community. Similarly, you want your essay to focus on a “bigger picture”. Figure out what that is before you start writing. This essay is an analysis, NOT a summary or a book report.
Your introduction should explain the theme, context, rhetoric, message, and primary audience. Your thesis should make an argument about the message or interpretation of the reading(s). Is it effective in communicating its message to its primary audience? How does the speaker’s use of rhetorical devices make the story effective? Your thesis should outline several specific rhetorical devices, which are the basis for your body paragraphs. Consider organizing your body paragraphs around the speaker’s use of rhetorical devices, like simile, metaphor, ethos, pathos, logos, and literary, historical, religious or cultural allusions. In order to do this successfully, you will probably need to incorporate answers to many of these questions into your essay:
- What is the message?
- What is the purpose?
- Who is the primary audience?
- How is the story organized?
- How is the story delivered? Does the speaker appropriately use tone and pace? Are word choice and diction appropriate? Does the speaker effectively use body language and facial expressions?
- Are there any logical fallacies?
- How does the speaker effectively use ethos, pathos, or logo