Critical Analysis /Argument Assignment:
Option 1. Using all 3 appeals in the rhetorical triangle as discussed in class, write a 500-750-word Critical Analysis/Argument that shows how each appeal works to support the central claim (thesis) of one of the non-fiction selections.
Option 2. Using 2-3 elements of fiction, as discussed in class and posted on Angel, write a 500-750-word Critical Analysis/Argument that shows how each chosen element (i.e., plot, character, setting, symbolism, style, etc.) serves to further your interpretation of a theme.
For instance, perhaps you interpret a short story to deal with the subject of love. That is not your theme. That is your subject. Your theme is a more streamlined interpretation. It may be something like: Love often requires taking risks that, once confronted, serve to strengthen and embolden that love.
Choose 2-3 elements of fiction to support that interpretation. Perhaps you choose characterization and setting. Perhaps you talk about the many kinds of love that are strengthened by risk throughout the story by detailing the characterization and the relationships. You may cite setting also. For instance, you may think about the how the story was set on a train, how that was a dangerous and transient setting of the outskirts of cities throughout to reinforce the risks inherent in the love.
So, for example, the above thesis may look something like:
Smith uses setting, symbolism and characterization to reinforce the theme that love often requires taking risks that, once confronted, serve to strengthen and embolden that love.
Smith’s clever use of diction, ironic symbolism, and stream-of-consciousness point of view only serve to reinforce the theme that love requires risks that, and once overcome, create a stronger bond.
Regardless, you must include details from the work. And you must document those details using MLA in-text citation methods and works cited.
Remember to introduce the reading...