Composing A Rhetorical Analysis Essay On Julius Caesar

This type of essay requires the author to look at a true, or non-fiction piece. The author must then explain how each component works as a whole in order to inform, convince, or entertain the audience. The analysis can be quite complex to complete. Here are a few tips and hints for success.

How to do It

  1. Compile the information, so find out everything you can about the man and his legacy. Things you will to consider are the tone of the piece, the subject matter, the audience, the person speaking (the writer), the reason or occasion for speaking (the type of piece or text), and the overall purpose (what the writer wants to be accomplished).
  2. Know and be ready to use the standard three types of appeals that this strategy uses. They logos (a logical approach), ethos (an ethical appeal or plea), and then pathos (the strong emotional urge).
  3. Study the different style techniques. A few of these techniques that may be used are mood, tone, literary devices, point of view, or diction.
  4. Analyze-now you can decide how well he writer was able to appeal in order to present the argument.
  5. Make your main thesis statement and work out an outline. As you do this you will always want to remember your own goal or purpose. You want to mention all of the components in # 1 and to give some background material on the piece. You can approach this in whatever order you prefer.
  6. You are now ready to write your rough draft. Make sure to carefully follow the outline that you composed. Keep in mind that the reader will be looking for a strong thesis statement to guide them as they read. It is never good if the reader can’t determine the thesis statement.
  7. The body will have the main points and address the pathos, logos, and ethos appeals. These can be in any order, but you should hit upon all of them at least once.
  8. After you write the body, close the piece with a powerful conclusion. You want to make sure that no new material is ever presented in the conclusion. You will re-state the thesis statement here.
  9. Now go back and proof the paper. Look for unclear statements, run-ons sentences, missing references, words spelt incorrectly, grammar errors, and missing components. Do not make new errors as you correct the old ones. The final step will be the writing of the final draft.

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