We've worked with all these ideas in the past, with one new turn: Explaining how the particular stylistic figures the rhetor uses go to make the argument (invoking logos) and to create an ethos. To consider these two elements, review Longaker, "The Classical Pisteis", pp 45 - 48. We've discussed these in class, especially with regard to enthymeme and postures in caps. Review Longaker for the terminology and review notes to get started. I'm not asking you to work with pathos: just logos and ethos. Your analysis should connect the figures or tropes you discover with logos and ethos. That's the tricky part, so keep it in mind as you work.
Approach this exercise as you might a take-home essay or quiz. You're aiming to demonstrate that you can identify elements of style and analyze how those elements can be used to create a sense of logos and ethos. The extent you present that in your work will determine the grade. When in doubt, get specific rather than general: Analysis is in the details, not the broad sweeps.
StyleInAMicromessage - followed by your initials. On that page, use headings to address the following:
- Describe the artifact. Doing so lets you call attention to certain features that you find significant in the artifact. Use neutral language.
- Identify and name the stylistic figure/s used in the text, the image, and between the text and image.
- Describe those elements of the rhetorical situation that are embedded in the artifact to the extent that a rhetorical situation is present and you recognize it. Consider the source of the image if it's apparent as part of this rhetorical situation.
- Explain how the artifact employs figures to make its argument (logos). You may need to address interplay between multiple figures, even to multiple ends.
- Explain how the artifact employs the stylistic figures to create an ethos. Again, you may need to address interplay between multiple figures, even to multiple ends.
- Comment as you see fit on the rhetorical effectiveness of the artifact
Deadline: Due Fri, 11 Nov, 6:00 pm.
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