A rhetorical analysis is takes a non-fiction piece and breaks it down into parts so that an analysis can be done on how each piece pertains to the whole. When discussing one of the novels or speeches written by Martin Luther King Jr., you can use this style. It will show you how to create a paper that takes the parts as well as the whole piece into account. Here are the steps needed to write a strong rhetorical analysis.
The first step to writing a rhetorical analysis on any non-fiction piece is to understand what the author wants to portray. After reading the speech or novel, you will need to think about the overall point that he is trying to portray through the writing. For example, he wanted to inspire his people to band together to fight against unfair treatment.
Who did he write the novel or speech for? By understanding who the piece was written for, you can get a better understanding of whether or not the piece really would affect that audience. For example, he wanted to reach the black community because they were not being treated equal to the white community.
Next, you will want to make sure that you develop some effective strategies that you would use to present the information to that audience. It will give you something to compare the piece to. This is your opinion on how well he did. For example, maybe you feel like he would have to appeal to their emotional side to get them to listen.
Once you have decided on these three factors, you will be able to assess how well he did at accomplishing his purpose and if he was able to really reach his target audience. You know how his words affected his people and the entire nation, so try to just relate to the work and don’t talk too much about how his overall presence and movement affected his people. Simply concentrate on how that one piece affected the people and helped bring about the changes. Think about it as a rhetorical question. You already know that the speeches and novels brought about a change, so now look at how and why they did just that.