Study what SOAPSTONE is.
- Speaker is the information about the writer. You need to give his first name and last name.
- The occasion refers to the sort of text and the context it was written for. For example, you can write your text for a schoolteacher of for a scholarly conference.
- The audience is the people who your text was written for.
- The purpose tells us what the writer attempted to accomplish in the text. Usually it is a viewpoint.
- The subject is a writer’s topic.
Study the appeals. It is a very essential rhetorical strategy
- Ethical appeals rely on the author’s credibility. The writer’s qualification is usually qualified as ethos. For example, if a firefighter with 15 year’s practice writes an article about a fire safety system, their experience would include ethos. Remember that ethos does not mean “ethics”.
- Logical appeal use an evidence or reason to make an argument. A writer who uses facts and evidences to support their argument uses logos.
- Pathetic appeals use emotions to get the approval. In articles about crime, violence and social problems is usually used pathos.
Style details. It includes imagery, tone, syntax, diction etc.
- Analogies show the audience the difference through a comparison.
- Repetition is used to make a certain point more memorable.
- Imagery is often connected with pathos. For example, the photo of a starving person can awake anger.
- Diction. You should choose emotionally charged words because they have a big influence.
- Tone. It usually means attitude.
- Addressing the opposition. It shows that the writer is not frightened of opposing opinion.
Remember that in rhetorical analysis essay you shouldn't agree with the author’s argument. You should analyze the author’s appeals and argument.