The Rhetorical Triangle essay (your final essay) is a rhetorical analysis of one of the two reading we did in Chapter 14 of Patterns. It is to be a 5-paragraph, 500-700-word essay that applies Aristotle’s model to whichever one you choose. The introduction should orient the reader to both the work you’re analyzing and to an explanation of the triangle, considering that the reader knows little to nothing about either one. The thesis statement needs to tie the two concepts together. This should also be reflected in the conclusion. Each part of the triangle should be the subject of one the three body paragraphs. Be sure to use transitions to guide the reader from one paragraph to the next (e.g. “Jefferson uses ethos when…”).
Thomas Jefferson: The Declaration of Independence page 773-777
Martin Luther King Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail page 790-805