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Write a strong thesis statement in which you argue that your author either succeeds or fails to produce a persuasive argument.

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In the first part of this module, we explored the methods for analyzing an article rhetorically—that is, for evaluating how and how well its argument works. For the second major writing assignment of the semester, you will use rhetorical analysis to analyze an argument and decide whether it succeeds or fails. As you know, our course theme this semester is designed to help us figure out how we can come together when so many people want to force us to focus instead on what makes us different, what separates us, what makes us sometimes even hate each other. For your second major paper of the semester, your goal will be to provide a rhetorical analysis of one article that takes a specific stand on one of these issues. Here are some articles illustrating opposing viewpoints to get you started:
You may choose one of the articles on the list above or another–with my prior approval only. Note: You will have the best results if you choose an article with which you tend to disagree. It’s always easier to show what’s wrong with an argument than what’s right with it.
Use the readings supplied in this module to construct a rhetorical analysis based on the strategies suggested.
Write a strong thesis statement in which you argue that your author either succeeds or fails to produce a persuasive argument. Remember that the question is NOT whether you happen to agree or disagree with the author.
Rather, your goal is to analyze the article on its own terms and decide whether it uses the appeals of logic, ethics, and emotion in a persuasive manner.
Prepare a thorough outline with your thesis, three topic sentences, and specific references to the article chosen as evidence.
Complete the writing process: Draft, revise, edit, proofread.
The essay must be 750-900 words, typed in MLA format. You must cite your source using MLA style, with both in-text documentation and a list of works cited. You will cite only ONE source. All evidence must be internal to the article itself. In-text citation will thus require only the page number (if there is one) or the paragraph number.
I chose this one
Bari Weiss, “Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.”
Here are some pointers:
Thesis: Smith makes a convincing argument about _____ because of the strength of his rhetorical appeals. If this were your thesis, then you would have three paragraphs, each beginning with a topic sentence about the strength of the specific appeals (emotional, ethical, and logical; be sure to end with logic).
Another possible strategy would be to focus the entire thesis (and thus, the rest of the essay) on the logical appeal alone. A possible thesis might be something like this: Smith’s article is unconvincing because his argument is disjointed, his examples are not representative, and his psychological evidence is unsupported.

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