“Elements of a Rhetorical Situation”

“Elements of a Rhetorical Situation”.

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Description of Assignment: In this assignment, you will analyze a chapter in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita to determine its rhetorical effectiveness.

Read Chapter 7: “Rhetorical Analysis of Written Texts” by Steven Wilhoit

1. Answer the questions in the section titled “Elements of a Rhetorical Situation”

2.  Read the section of the chapter titled “Content.” Which rhetorical strategies does Bulgakov employ in the chapter you chose to analyze? Does he use pathos, ethos or logos?  Do you think that the genre of literary fiction is an effective means to communicate the author’s message? Why or why not?

A. Introduce author, book, chapter and rhetorical situation

B. Thesis: Is the author successful in achieving his purpose?

II. Body Paragraphs (at least three)

  1. Topic sentence explaining how the author uses setting, characters or situations to achieve his rhetorical purpose
  2. Example (quotation or paraphrase) with proper MLA citation
  3. Analyze: What is he trying to tell his readers in this passage? What kind of rhetorical appeals does he use? Is he effective? Why or why not?
  4. Transition sentence to the next example

III. Conclusion:
Was the author effective? What could he have done differently to be more effective?

“Elements of a Rhetorical Situation”

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