Rhetorical Analysis Of `` A Letter And The Editor ``

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When engaging in rhetorical writing, it can be difficult for individuals to remain objective and grounded. Often times individuals will neglect to properly employ the rhetorical appeals in a manner that supports their claim. The author who wrote “A Letter to the Editor” failed to construct a compelling argument. The authors argument has numerous inadequacies that inevitably fail to persuade the desired audience to support his or hers point of view. The authors argument is devoid of objective analysis, proper rhetorical appeal, and fails to offer a concession. The authors point of view on the subject matter is clearly evident. The author does not argue that cheating exists or that it does not take place at Monroe College, rather the author contends that cheating is not a big deal at all. For instance the author states that, “the very fact that so many loyal Monroe students indulge in this is evidence that it can’t be very wrong.”(Twenty Questions for the Writer 1). From this statement alone the author is identifying his or herself as a non-credible source. Turning what could have been an assertive piece on the hypocrisies of cheating in school into the equivalent of a blog post. In addition the author uses abstract analogies in hopes of persuading the audience, however, these analogies do more to lessen the authors logical credibility than strengthen it. Furthermore, the authors choice of vocabulary and use of words like “puritans” to describe the faculty creates a
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