Rhetorical Analysis In Literature

Submitted By Rashi-Taneja
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Rashi Taneja
Andrea Feldman
SA #3

Rhetorical analysis/ Inquiry and Descriptive genres Satire, persuasive, argumentative, the list goes on for the different types of styles that make up the written language as a whole. Three examples of different genres of literature are Rhetorical analysis, Inquiry analysis and Descriptive. The first genre of literature to examine is Rhetorical analysis. This type of writing is usually in the form of criticism to explore the relationships between a text and an author. This type of analysis can be applied to almost all literature and or images. The analysis examines not only what the literature is presenting but also why the author chose to write about it. For example, Miner’s “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” is a satirical piece used to expose the harsh reality of overemphasized body image in America. The piece exposes how much our society centers its focus on body image but Miner also wrote this piece to bring to light how judgmental our society is. Here there is a clear agenda for the written works as well as a reason the author chose to write the piece. Although Miner is criticizing the body rituals of America, he reserves to impose personal judgment on whether he agrees or disagrees with the topic. Along with that, what makes Miner’s piece a rhetorical analysis is it involves getting the reader to engage in critical thinking to effectively communicate an intended message. The next genre of literature to examine is Inquiry. The goal of this type of writing is to seek truth, information or knowledge. Inquiry writing can be seen as investigative. Scientific articles/ journals often write in the form of inquiry analysis because the authors are often trying to find an answer to a question and then analyze their findings. Being a researcher at CU for tuberculosis, I often find myself analyzing these types of written works as well as composing those of my own. The process to write an inquiry is specific. First, one must develop a question and make predictions and a hypothesis about said question. The next step is to find and evaluate information to answer the question and test the hypothesis. This usually results in critical thinking that leads to a newly developed question. Then one must construct new understandings based on research and draw conclusions about the newly developed question and hypothesis. After, the author expresses their understanding for new concepts, situations, and understandings. Next, the author reflects on their personal growth and learning