RHETORIC AND TERMS IN WRITING. Rhetoric - the Art of Using Language Effectively or Persuasively. The Rhetorical Situation. Writer Purpose Audience Topic Context. WRITER. FACTORS WHICH CAN AFFECT YOUR WRITING INCLUDE: Your age Your experience Your gender Your location
FACTORS WHICH CAN AFFECT YOUR WRITING INCLUDE:
Purpose – the effect you wish to have on your intended audience. Major purposes for writing include:
Audience: To Whom are you Writing?
Many of the same factors which affect the writer also affect the audience
Voice and Tone reflect YOUR attitude about your subject and your audience.
VOICE is WHO the audience hear talking in your paper, and TONE is the way in which you’re doing the writing:
Style is a term for the effect a writer can create through attitude, language, and the mechanics of writing. A consistent choice of patterns and word choices will result in a coherent and harmonious style supporting the content
Diction is a choice of words and informality or formality of a style based on word and pattern choices
Talented and gifted; to persecute and oppress
Unity is the development of a single controlling idea usually presented in a thesis statement. Each sentence should develop this central idea and should not get off the main topic of discussion.
Coherence is a connection between thoughts and the order of the content within a piece of writing. In Latin, coherence basically means “to stick together.”
To make your essay coherent you may use the following tips:
To take full advantage of the richness of a particular comparison, writers sometimes use several sentences or even a whole paragraph to develop a metaphor.
- John Updike
Analogies usually involve explaining one idea or concept by comparing it to something else. An analogy is typically a complex or extended comparison.
Admittedly capital punishment is not a pleasant topic. However, one does not have to like the death penalty in order to support it any more than one must like radical surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy in order to find necessary these attempts at curing cancer. Ultimately we may learn how to cure cancer with a simple pill. Unfortunately, that day has not yet arrived. Today we are faced with the choice of letting the cancer spread or trying to cure it with the methods available, methods that one day will almost certainly be considered barbaric and would certainly delay the discovery of an eventual cure. The analogy between cancer and murder is imperfect, because murder is not the "disease" we are trying to cure. The disease is injustice. We may not like the death penalty, but it must be available to punish crimes of cold-blooded murder, cases in which any other form of punishment would be inadequate and, therefore, unjust. If we create a society in which injustice is not tolerated, incidents of murder—the most flagrant form of injustice—will diminish.
The moon bathed the valley in a soft, golden light.
Indeed, haste can be the assassin of elegance.
Blond October comes striding over the hills wearing a crimson shirt and faded green trousers.
- Hal Borland