Rhetorical analysis (appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos) on The 3 Bones of Networking for

Sorry for how long the instructions are I put everything my professor gave us on the paper. as you read the instructions you’ll come to find out that you need to watch a specific speech I have already chosen which one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OTPJZnBP8s here is the URL to the speech it is titled The 3 Bones of Networking for Student Success by Isaac Serwanga.

1. Consider the Rhetorical Situation: Read/view the speech several times over the course of different times/days, paying special attention to not only what the author is saying, but perhaps more importantly, how he/she presents his/her ideas. A good way to begin is to write out on a separate piece of paper what you think the text’s purpose is, including: the thesis, the audience, the context in which the text was written, the tone, and the genre of the text. Think about the rhetorical situation (issues of purpose, audience, context, voice, strategies, genre, etc.) in terms of the author’s choices. [Hint: you will want to at least touch on all of the elements mentioned above (in the Rhetorical Situation and Rhetorical Appeals sections, respectively), as each of these elements (inter)act upon the others]. A word of caution; however, don’t try to write in-depth about all of the elements of appeal and rhetorical situations, or your paper may quickly become unmanageable. Likewise, beware of not going into enough detail or not covering the relevant elements. There is a delicate balance you have to find between these two strategies – one for which there is, unfortunately, no hard fast set of rules for how to accomplish this. While you will need to address all elements, you may wish to focus on those elements most relevant to the text you choose (going into greater depth for those), and go into less depth for those which are not as relevant.

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2. Consider the Rhetorical Appeals: You should address all three elements of rhetorical appeals (Ethos, Logos, and Pathos). How does (or does not) the author utilize one (or all) of these three approaches? Note: texts rarely utilize only one of the appeals, but rather typically utilize elements of all three.

3. Develop A Clear Thesis Statement: This is perhaps the most critical step in the writing process. You must ask yourself, “What is my purpose for writing this analysis?” Based upon your answer, you should be able to come up with a strong (unique) thesis statement. A thesis statement should reflect what you do in your analysis (i.e. a thesis statement is a roadmap for the rest of your analysis). Do not simply restate the author’s original thesis (remember the elements of the rhetorical situation — your purpose is different than the original author’s). In addition to stating your stance, your thesis should provide the reader with a clear direction of where you’re heading (e.g. what’s your topic/issue? what are your units of analysis?, what conclusion do your come to?, and/or what is the significance of your work?).

4. Support Your Thesis Statement: The body of your analysis should be devoted to supporting evidence for your thesis statement (i.e. it should follow your roadmap). This will entail techniques of direct quotation, paraphrasing, and your own assessment. Do not simply summarize what the author has already stated (this is your analysis). There is an important, but subtle, shift in focus from your thesis to your supporting evidence your thesis states what you will do, but your supporting evidence reflects what (or why) the original author is doing (it)). This can be tricky, and causes some students difficulty, but we will cover this in class. Additionally, your paragraphs should each, subsequently, address the various rhetorical elements and the aspects of the rhetorical situation of the original essay (hint: you should limit yourself to one particular element/aspect per paragraph). Be sure each paragraph directly addresses your thesis statement. Note: for several of the rhetorical elements, you may have to go outside of the original speech to find the appropriate information (e.g. you may need to do a little research to find the author’s birth date and/or professional experience, what was happening, in the world, at the time the essay was written, etc.), if these things are relevant. For each point you want to make in your analysis, you will want to give examples to support your claims. Using examples to support your claims will help your reader understand why you are making the claim you are making. For example, if you find a place in the text where the author is using pathos to appeal to the reader’s emotions, you should quote the place in the text where this appeal takes place. Likewise, if you are discussing how the author uses images to enhance a text, you should describe this image (or better yet, include a copy of the image within your analysis) to back up your claims.

5. State Your Conclusion: The purpose of your conclusion is to clearly, but briefly, reiterate what you were hoping to accomplish in your essay. In other words, it should reflect (mirror) your thesis. Note: It should not simply be a restatement of your thesis. It is designed to have the reader (re)contemplate on the thesis, in light of the evidence you provided in the body of the text.


• Avoid lengthy, verbatim quotations and/or paraphrases of the original text. While sometimes helpful/necessary, you should limit your use (and/or the length) of these. The majority of your paper should consist of your own analysis.

• Avoid a chronological summary of the speech (where you move from paragraph to paragraph in the original essay), where you explain each of the author’s successive steps. Rather, organize your essay around the point mentioned in the “Process” section (ensuring that you address the relevant areas of the rhetorical situation and appeal. If an element in not applicable, you don’t necessarily have to address it in detail – use caution however that you don’t omit something important. Additionally, you may want to include something not mentioned by the author, if its omission is significant).

• Avoid attributing your own opinions/beliefs to those of the author. In other words, avoid putting words into the author’s mouth. If the author presents an opinion you agree/disagree with, clearly differentiate whose opinion you are addressing. A rhetorical analysis is much less about your emotional response to an issue addressed by the author, and more about your reaction to the process by which the author achieves (or not) his/her intention. This essay is not about whether or not you ultimately “like” or “dislike” what the author has stated. It is about whether the author was successful in persuading you to his/her own opinion (there is a subtle, but critical difference).

For this assignment, students will learn about how rhetoric is used to form a persuasive message in speech form. Students will learn how to analyze the rhetorical situation and how the speaker makes an appeal to one or more of the rhetorical appeals, analyze the use of visual elements to enhance the effectiveness of a given speech, articulate and develop critical and analytical perspective in writing, develop strategies for critically engaging information and develop it in writing as evidence for arguments, and study writing and speeches in relation to articulating human values, cultural perspectives, and/or interdisciplinary understanding.


For this assignment, analyze a persuasive message which was delivered in speech form from the choices below. Analyze the purpose of the speech, the context of the speech, the claims in the speech, the audience for the original delivery of the speech, and the rhetorical appeals used in the speech. Finally, evaluate whether the message is effective in achieving the speaker’s purpose.


Your essay’s introduction should provide a hook, a brief background (this is where it is okay to briefly summarize the speech), the context, the audience, and a thesis statement that makes a claim about the speaker’s effectiveness in his or her speech based on the use of rhetorical appeals.


Your body paragraphs will focus on the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos). It is a good idea to devote one appeal to one paragraph. You may have multiple paragraphs for each appeal. For example, you may have two paragraphs for ethos, two paragraphs for pathos, and one paragraph for logos. Your body paragraphs should include topic sentences that address an appeal, followed by specific examples in the speech that demonstrate that appeal. Your essay should utilize at least two, but no more than seven, short direct quotes from the speech (no more than two lines per direct quote). Each quote should be integrated with a signal phrase and in-text citation. Your turnitin.com score should be between 3%-15%; a score lower than 3% means you did not use enough direct quotes, and a score over 15% means you need to add more of your own analysis instead of relying on the direct quotes.


Your conclusion should briefly summarize the appeals and establish the big picture or future implications for the speech’s topic.

Please note that your essay should be an analysis, as noted above. Your essay will not earn a passing grade if you merely summarize the entire speech or write an extended argument (an essay agreeing or disagreeing with the topic).

Topic Choices (the 3rd one is the one I chose)

For essays 2 and 3, we will focus on a common theme: college and career success. You are required to choose from one of the TED talks linked below. It would be a good idea to watch several speeches and choose the one that is most interesting to you.

“4 Pillars of College Success in Science” by Freeman Hrabowski

“The Boost Students Need to Overcome Obstacles” by Anindya Kundu

“The 3 Bones of Networking for Student Success” by Isaac Serwanga

“Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection” by Reshma Saujani

“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Lee Duckworth

“The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers” by Adam Grant

Audience and Tone

The audience for your essay is a peer in class. You should assume your peer is familiar with the speech, so you should not merely summarize. Additionally, your peer understands rhetorical appeals so you should not define them in your essay. Finally, this essay should be written in third person POV (no I, me, my, you, your).

Research, Format and Length

The only required source is your chosen speech. You are required to utilize MLA in-text citations within your essay, and you should also include a Works Cited that lists your speech. Your essay should be 3-4 pages in MLA format, excluding the Works Cited.

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