Connor can look through any form of non-text medium to find a piece to analyze; commercials, movies, pictures, paintings, shoes, a purse, a cereal box, anything he deems worthy of his time and efforts is at his disposal. The easiest thing to choose would be something that really speaks to him, but he still has to hide himself in [[objective]] observations about the thing that he chooses, whatever it may be. \n\n
Connor wants to analyze a poem: \n On My First Son by Ben Jonson:\n\nFarewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy ;\n My sin was too much hope of thee, lov'd boy.\nSeven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,\n Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.\nOh, could I lose all father now ! For why\n Will man lament the state he should envy?\nTo have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage,\n And if no other misery, yet age !\nRest in soft peace, and, asked, say, Here doth lie\n Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry.\nFor whose sake henceforth all his vows be such\n As what he loves may never like too much.\n\nAfter considering his audience Connor looks at the author [[Ben Jonson]].\n
He is going to have to think of every possible person who could interact with the piece that it wasn't intended for. Who did the other not take into account when they wrote the [[text]] or made the [[visual]]. \n\n
Does Jonson successfully portray his emotions? What was his goal? Did he reach it? Connor will have to write if he thinks the poem is successful or not. Whichever he decides will have to be backed up. He should be able to pull partial statements from his analysis of the poem in his conclusion. When Connor reviews his paper he will have to make sure that he has talked about the following: context, purpose, the author, evidence from the poem, and the style of the work. He should also look at the rhetorical appeals in the work. He can also talk about why one of the three may not have been used. This is where Connor can have an opinion on the piece, but he has to support it.\n\n[[What could Connor take away from practicing rhetorical analysis?]]\n\n
Connor has to pick out what in the poem shows Jonson's emotions. He has to look at vocabulary and grammar used. He can look at the evidence that shows the poems age, as well. He will have to use his own logos to explain the pathos [[present]] in “On My First Sonne.”
Connor will learn to look at things objectively. Learning to take a step back or ask why can be a big lesson. He will be able to grow as a writer if he can look at different mediums and decipher why certain techniques were used. Knowing how things like the rhetorical appeals (logos, pathos, and ethos) are used in other works will help him know how to use his successfully in his own writing. Being able to answer the question “why?” about other people's art will teach him to make sure that he is able to answer “why?” about what he does. \n Growing as a writer will help Connor be successful in college and beyond. Being a good writer could help him write a better resume in the future and be the key to getting his dream job. \n
Connor has to find data to support or disprove the poster's point: that smoking kills. He decides to look at websites containing statistics on smoking. He's looking for things like how many people smoke, how much they smoke in a day/week/month, what illnesses it can cause, and how many deaths it causes. Connor has to find the evidence that leads up to someone wanting to make an anti-smoking [[poster]].
To be objective in analysis is a big part of this assignment. Connor will have to observe the techniques used in the piece he chooses and determine why the author used said techniques without showing if he agrees or disagrees with the argument being made, the technique being used, even the slightest detail. His job is to merely point out what was said and done, how it effected the argument, if it helped or hurt the argument, what different audiences may have taken away from the piece, and so on. \n So, Connor has to pick a piece that speaks to him, but he can't write about what speaks to him personally in the paper, unless he includes himself in a certain [[audience]].\n
Connor Rhetor Shall Rhetorically Analyze
If Connor can find a piece of text that speaks to him, he knows he'll be able to write about it. He's analyzed a text before in his high school career. The tricky part is to stay out of the paper. He will have to be [[objective]] in his observations and analysis of the text he chooses.
Is the advertisement successful? What was the point in making the poster? Was the point clear? Connor will have to discuss if the poster was effective or not. Whichever he decides will have to be backed up. He should be able to pull partial statements from his analysis of the poem in his conclusion. When Connor reviews his paper he will have to make sure that he has talked about the following: context, purpose, the author, evidence from the poem, and the style of the work. He should also look at the rhetorical appeals in the work. He can also talk about why one of the three may not have been used. This is where Connor can have an opinion on the piece, but he has to support it.\n\n[[What could Connor take away from practicing rhetorical analysis?]]\n
Does the poster appeal to the audiences' emotions? Or to their logic? Connor will have to talk about how the poster achieves its goal. Are there facts in the advertisement? Or is it just a picture? Is it [[successful]]?
Jonson wrote “On My First Sonne” to express himself. He was mourning. Connor must analyze how the poem expresses grief. He will have to look at the [[use]] of pathos and vocabulary throughout the text.
Connor has chosen to look at this piece: [img[http://www.123inspiration.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Top-Creative-Anti-Smoking-Ads-11-e1351772429625.jpg]] Who [[made]] this advertisement?\n\n
Connor does a quick Google search to see that Ben Jonson was a writer in the 17th century. He wrote “On My First Sonne” (1603) as a eulogy for his first-born son. Jonson's son died at age 7 and was Jonson's pride and joy. “On My First Sonne” is different from Jonson's other works because it is sad and emotional. Usually his work is written with a mocking tone. Connor has to analyze the person, the writer that was Ben Jonson and the [[context]] in which “On My First Sonne” was written. He will also have to discuss why Jonson has ethos (the authority to write about a topic) to write a eulogy.
Connor has to look at the artist who made this anti-smoking ad and those similar to it. He has to decide its purpose. One can tell with a look that it's to open people's eyes-to grab their attention. Anti-smoking ads serve as reminders. Connor also has to look at what [[circumstances]] led to the making of this poster.
Jonson has a certain writing style, but “On My First Sonne” displays something different than that. Connor will have to analyze how Jonson's style is different in this poem compared to other works. He will also have to look at how much pathos (emotion), and logos (logic) Jonson used. Connor can also talk about why Jonson used one more than the other. Was Jonson's goal [[reached]]?
Connor knows that smoking is a catalyst for many major health issues today in the U.S. and around the world. Connor will probably have to do [[research]] beyond looking at the poster to see why smoking was a big enough problem to campaign against.
Connor found the poster online. He finds that the advertisement is promoted by 123 Inspiration, a website for designs of all kinds. He finds posters similar to the one he has chosen and starts to look into [[why]] 123 Inspiration would publish them online. Connor also has to decide if 123 Inspiration has ethos (authority) to make such a piece.
Connor's Freshmen English Composition class has just turned in their first essay assignment. For their second inquiry--that's what his college calls the essays in this course--his class has to do a rhetorical analysis. Connor has two options of what he can analyze. He can choose [[textual rhetoric]] or [[visual rhetoric]].
Connor will have to figure out whom the author had in mind when the piece was created. Who was the author looking to reach with the text or the visual? Who did the author [[not]] consider?
Audience is key when a lot of works--text or not--are made. For example, all advertisements have an audience in mind that they want to reach with their piece of propaganda. Connor will have to describe how the [[intended audience]] and the unintended audience were affected.
This poem was different because Jonson was different at the time of its creation. He was [[mourning]]. Jonson's life was changed dramatically after the Bubonic Plague took his son, Ben Jonson II. The Bubonic Plague ravaged Europe and had taken what Jonson loved most in the world. Although, Ben Jonson II was not Jonson's first child; he had a daughter who died at 6 months old. Connor has to look at why Ben Jonson II's death took such a hard toll on Jonson. Was it because he was a boy? Could it just have been that he had lived longer? Connor also needs to look at if Jonson had any other children other than the first baby girl and Ben Jonson II. \n\n