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ENG 111: College Composition I (Cook-LO)

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Analytical Essay

Assignment: For this essay, you will analyze a famous 20th Century speech from the following list: https://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html

Your job is to explain the methods the speaker uses to effectively communicate a specific message to his or her audience. Primarily, you’ll need to focus on the questions below. Your thesis statement should answer these questions, and your essay should provide supporting evidence and explanation.

  1. What is the message (i.e., thesis) of the speech?
  2. What writing techniques and/or rhetorical strategies does the speaker use to communicate that message and make it persuasive?

Research: Because these speeches deal with specific historical circumstances, you’ll need to conduct research to help you explain their purpose & audience. You’ll need to use at least two outside sources in this essay. 

For more information, please review the Analytical Essay Requirements.