BACKGROUND TEXTS:

?      Brene Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability” https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en

  • You will need to find 2 – 4 additional sources [Brene Brown counts as one of your sources from the required 3 – 5]. Consider researching other sources from Brene Brown to get a sense of her scholarship and background, sources from the disciplines of Psychology or Sociology, and/or sources that speak to the topic of vulnerability.

ESSAY OUTLINE:

Your rhetorical analysis should include the following:

  • Explain the text’s Rhetorical Situation
  • A thesis that argues the most important rhetorical features of Brown’s talk
  • Describe and analyze the choices made by Brown
    • You might need to do a bit of background research to get to know Brene Brown – build ethos and cite your sources
    • Choices, in this sense, refer to the rhetorical moves made by Brown
  • Describe and analyze the effects of Brown’s choices – what is the outcome given the rhetorical situation?
  • A conclusion that pulls the analysis together and solidifies the claim of your thesis

AUDIENCE:

Remember, the writing you do in this class is considered public writing. Therefore, the audience for your rhetorical analysis paper is a knowledgeable stakeholder or educated member of your discourse community

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this assignment is to:

  • Analyze the rhetorical situation and how the author makes an appeal to one or more of the rhetorical appeals.
  • Articulate and develop a critical and analytical perspective in writing.
  • Develop strategies for critically engaging information and develop it in writing as evidence for arguments.
  • Study a speech in relation to articulating human values, cultural perspectives, or interdisciplinary understanding.

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