For this paper, you will write a 5-6 page rhetorical analysis of one text from class, with references to one other text from our reading pool from this unit: Body Ritual Among the Nacirema by Horace Miner, A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, and segments from The Long Fuse episode of This American Life (and paired readings). The essay should cite sources using MLA style. You must incorporate at least 2 sources from our in-class readings and analyze specific Thetorical techniques that the writers use to influence readers and argue their points. The goal is to think critically about language and to put into words how language, rhetorical appeals, and the 5 elements of rhetorical analysis impact our writing.
Questions to consider when writing about.. The Strange Case of Dr. Ho Man Kwok and The Long Fuse (Humor is Not the Best Medicine) How did Monosodium Glutamate become stigmatized in America? How did Dr. Ho Man Kwok/Howard Steel and media coverage of Chinese Restaurant Syndrome impact our attitudes toward MSG, Chinese food, and Asian American culture? What specific word choices and rhetorical strategies impact our view of MSG? Don’t forget the S elements of rhetorical analysis! Body Ritual Among the Nacirema What is the purpose of Horace Miner’s text? Why does he choose to write about Americans this way? What specific word choices and rhetorical strategies help Miner accomplish his purpose? How would your understanding of the text change if he chose different words? How does he use Logos, Ethos, and Pathos to convey his message and accomplish his purpose? Don’t forget the 5 elements of rhetorical analysis! A Modest Proposal What is Jonathan Swift’s purpose? Who is his audience? How does he use Logos, Ethos, and Pathos to accomplish this purpose? What are the specific word choices that help him achieve this purpose?