Essay Cove

Essay Cove


The purpose of this assignment is to analyze a speech using the rhetorical terms and theories you have learned in this course. One of the best ways to learn how to deliver an effective speech is to analyze an effective speech.

Choose a speech that conveys a particularly strong message. This is anything in the world across any discipline or area of culture–from political speeches to historical speeches to popular speeches, such as those found on TedTalks, Youtube, or live on campus.


This is an analytical, academic assignment, and as a result, your writing should reflect that. You should make sure to make a clear and precise argument as you analyze the rhetorical strategies employed in the speech that you are examining. Your paper must include the following elements:

  • Paper format
    • 3-4pages in length
    • APA format: 12 point font, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1" standard margins.
    • Essay format using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Content
    • Introduction: First, describe the speech. Provide context for the audience (Kairos). Where, when, and why types of questions should be answered. Focus on specific details, because your reader may not have heard this speech before and needs the context to understand your analysis and the reasons you chose this speech.
      • Provide a clear introduction with a thesis statement that presents a claim about the effectiveness of this speech.
      • The main thrust of your thesis statement should be on how the speech creates meaning and accomplishes its purposes for that specific audience (Aristotle’s triangle).
    • Body: next, analyze the speech. Explore details and examine key parts of the speech as a whole, applying rhetorical terms, techniques, and strategies.
      • Discuss Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, rhetorical strategies and techniques such as language use or visuals
      • Provide evidence and support for your thesis and key analysis points
    • Conclusion: create an effective conclusion that provides interpretation and critical thinking that reaffirms your thesis statement.


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