Searching for a Great Example of a Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Rhetorical analysis essays often intimidate students for no reason. Rhetorical analysis essays are ones that analyze an essay (which is often called a rhetorical essay) and tell the reader

  • Who the author is and the title of the piece
  • What the author recounts / argues/ narrates/ presents in their essay
  • What the author’s ultimate theme/point/argument is
  • What kind of tone that author uses to appeal to the reader

That’s all.

You can find all kinds of examples of these on the internet. But what you want to do is find a very good one and know what to look for once you find it.

The Structure of a Rhetorical Analysis Essay

  1. Make sure to first, Identify your purpose in this essay. Make a statement such as “In this essay, I am going to discuss “Amy Tan’s essay “Fishcheeks”.
  2. Introduction—give a brief summary, very brief, since you are going to be analyzing every bit of the essay in a minute. So, say something in one or two sentences that sum it up before you go back and analyze the essay in more detail.
  3. Your Body Paragraphs

    Here, you want to go back and analyze the writing of the essay. What does the author say? What are their ultimate themes and reasons for writing? What is their major point?

Good Essays to Use for A Rhetorical Analysis Essay Example

Search for “good or great student essays on one of the following to use as an example.

  1. Essays on Amy Tan’s “Fish Cheeks.”
  2. Anne Roiphe's "Confessions of a Female Chauvinist Sow"
  3. Russell Baker’s essays
  4. Inaugural speech of John F. Kennedy
  5. Inaugural speech of Franklin Delanor Roosevelt
  6. Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
  7. Commencement Speeches of Steve Jobs
  8. Bobby Kennedy’s speeches—especially those on race, which are beautiful
  9. Obama’s inaugural speech
  10. President Clinton’s famous inaugural speech

Now that I have the model, what do I look for?

Now that you have a good model, anything is possible, because now you can

  • get inspired by their great writing
  • get inspired because it’s easier than you previously thought it was
  • see how to write an introduction
  • see how to write a thesis statement
  • see how to write body evidence paragraphs. and a good close