You have to pick an article about personality disorders or a specific personality disorder and follow the instructions below.
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A rhetorical analysis breaks a work of nonfiction into parts and analyzes how these parts assist the work in accomplishing what it has set out to do—or what it does despite what it is intended to do.
Although summarizing the work is absolutely a part of the assignment, consider the rhetorical appeals we discussed in class (ethos, pathos, and logos) and how those things assist the work in accomplishing what you believe it does.
Use a combination of summary, paraphrasing, direct quoting your source, and analysis of rhetorical appeal to support whichever effect you claim the article has.
You will only need one source in this analysis—the work of nonfiction you’ve chosen to write about.
Ethos (credibility/character): convincing through use of the character of the author/creator. Think about it: if you have a question about the English language, or grammar, you’d ask your English teacher before you asked your Math teacher, wouldn’t you? Why? Because you know your English teacher has put time and effort into becoming the authority on this subject.
Pathos (experience/emotion): persuading by appealing to a reader/audience’s emotions. This is strongly influenced by language choice. Think about this: if your best friend sits down beside you and says, “You look unhappy, are you all right? I’m concerned about your well-being, tell me how I can help you,” you are much more likely to open up to them than if they were to say, “What’s your problem? I know you’re mad, if you’ve got something to say, say it and stop looking upset.” Think about the way society responds when newscasters use the word “thug” to describe one young person and “young man” to describe another of the same age.
Logos (logic/word): persuading by use of reasoning. How does an author use supporting evidence and reason to back up a claim they’re making? Consider this: if someone wants to convince you of something and they tell you their thoughts and personal experiences, it makes you somewhat believe them, right? But you may also think that those personal experiences could be coincidental. You don’t know for sure what the speaker did to warrant certain treatment, how they got themselves into the situation their describing, or what their personal biases are. If a person wants to convince you of something and provides you with examples outside of their personal experience and uses logic to make sense of their claim, does that convince you more?
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