Rhetorical power: the power to persuade and to communicate: to express what you feel, what you believe, what you know, and what you have discovered.
Rhetorical situation (TRACE):
- Text: What kind of essay are you writing?
- Exploratory: explore as many different points of view as possible.
- Rogerian: a consensual argument in which you and your reader attempt to find a solution to a problem by working together.
- Position: a single perspective argument in which you state what you believe and why you believe it.
- Proposal: A single perspective argument in which you propose a solution to a problem and explain how it would work.
To whom are you writing? Choose a specific audience who will benefit from hearing what you have to say. Learn as much about your reader as you can.
Author: What influences the way you think? Study yourself the same way you studied your reader.
- Toulmin: an adversarial argument in which you state what you believe, why you believe it, and why your opponent is wrong.
- Reader: What makes it hard for your reader to understand you?
- Author: What makes it hard for you to understand your reader?
- Exigence: What situation has aroused your interest in this subject? What specific event has happened in society or perhaps in your own life that makes this subject interesting to you?