Conclusion The conclusion of a rhetorical analysis essay may not operate too differently from the conclusion of any other kind of essay.
Still, many writers struggle with what a conclusion should or should not do.
Rhetoric is the study of how writers and speakers use words to influence an audience.
They influence an audience by appealing to these three characteristics: Pathos: Appeals to an audience’s emotions.
Depending on the genre and size of the document under analysis, there are a number of logical ways to organize your body paragraphs. Which ever you choose, the goal of your body paragraphs is to present parts of the document, give an extended analysis of how that part functions, and suggest how the part ties into a larger point (your thesis statement or goal).
Chronological This is the most straight-forward approach, but it can also be effective if done for a reason (as opposed to not being able to think of another way).
Be careful using chronological ordering when dealing with a document that contains a narrative (i.e. Focusing on the chronological could easily lead you to plot summary which is not the point of a rhetorical analysis.
Spatial A spatial ordering covers the parts of a document in the order the eye is likely to scan them.
You can find more information on these concepts elsewhere on the OWL.
Once you understand these devices, you could potentially order your essay by analyzing the document’s use of logos, ethos, and pathos in different sections.