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Introduction
Rhetorical analysis essay titles should provide the reader with a full sense of the subject that will be explored in the paper.  The title does not have to reveal everything, but it should at least tell what the essay will be about.  Titles that are ambiguous or vague or intentionally mysterious should be avoided.  The best approach to writing a title for this kind of paper is to be direct.  See the titles below for some examples.

Rhetorical Analysis Essay Titles

1. Shermer’s Assumptions:  How the Skeptic Fails to Make a Case by Neglecting to Evaluate His Own Presuppositions

2. How Fulton Sheen Combined Ethos, Pathos and Bathos in His Work to Win Converts

3. The Rhetoric of the Left:  How the Use of Politically Correct Discourse Discourages Debate

4. The Rhetoric of the Right:  How the Appeal to American Exceptionalism Constructive Self-Analysis

5. Melville’s Letters to Hawthorne:  The Rhetoric of Friendship and Faith

6. The Poor….

WALGEENS
hetorical Analysis: Walgreens, a Place Called Perfect

Walgreens: Advertising analysis

Increasingly, in an era of 'big box' stores like Wal-Mart and Costco, pharmacies are seen as obsolete. To counteract this perception and to give reasons for customers to shop at their store, Walgreens stresses its convenience in comparison to its major competitors. In its 2007 "Perfect USA" series of advertisements, Walgreens shows an idealistic portrait of a Norman ockwell-esque landscape and lists a long litany of 'perfect' aspects of the town, in which everything is easy and planned before the holiday. Then a voice-over proclaims: "Because we don't live anywhere near Perfect, there is a Walgreens to provide everything needed in the real world." This underscores the fact that a consumer can run to Walgreen's to purchase a last minute gift or to buy some cold medication even in the middle of the night. As a 24-hour pharmacy, Walgreens promises ease of….

Richard Estrada: A rhetorical analysis of "Sticks and stones and sports teams"
Richard Estrada's article "Sticks and stones and sports teams" tackles the issue of professional sports teams with potentially inflammatory names like the ashington Redskins and the Atlanta Braves. These teams have been called upon to change their names because their mascots are considered offensive to Native Americans. Estrada persuasively argues with forceful pathos, logos, and ethos that although the names may not have been originally intended to disparage Native American culture, using the culture of a native people as a 'mascot' is ultimately dehumanizing. A columnist and former associate editor of the Dallas Morning News, Estrada was also a researcher at the Center for Immigration Studies and brings his experience in diversity studies to bear upon his analysis.

Estrada notes with pathos that the emotional toll upon Native American children can be devastating when these names of popular teams are….

He seems to know what he is talking about and thus takes the reader into his circle of light almost immediately. At one point he makes a very effective and impressive use of logos when he appeals to logic with statements like: "The content of the doctrine is: "Yes, in the past we did some wrong things because of innocence or inadvertence. But now that's all over, so let's not waste any more time on this boring, stale stuff." The doctrine is dishonest and cowardly, but it does have advantages: It protects us from the danger of understanding what is happening before our eyes." (18)
hether it does anything else or not, it will definitely make the reader sit up and take notice of what is happening around us. Chonsky is not imposing his views but his political knowledge is considered far superior than the rest of us and thus….

Specifically, both the literal meaning of the sentiment "You mean more to me than anything else in the world" and also the actual purpose of a life insurance policy itself demonstrates love for the beneficiary. Finally, in this case, the Pathos approach is perfectly consistent with the Logos approach; in fact, it is arguable that it is only the logical implications and concepts that give rise to any reason the add could possibly appeal to Pathos.
Logos:

The advertisement also appeals to Logos (logic), but indirectly, as in the case of its appeal to Ethos. It would be almost impossible to argue that any piece of jewelry could possibly mean more than designation as the primary beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Therefore, in addition to presenting a logical argument through metaphor, that argument also happens to be factually accurate and absolutely true. For the same reason, the argument is devoid….

However, according to Thoreau, as modern connivances evolve, people become removed from nature. This removal from nature therefore causes people to not understand the importance of preserving it. Without preserving nature, people will loose their historic connection to nature and thus fail to truly understand their existence. To prevent this, Thoreau argues that everyone must learn the true art of walking.
Walking is from the naturalist and transcendentalist genre of writing. This is typical of most of Thoreau's work, as a common theme in his writing is nature, its role in human life and the increasing problem of human beings disconnection from it. Thoreau was also a classic transcendentalist and thus generally wrote on the protest against the state of culture and society. His basic premise in most of his writings, including Walking, was that an ideal spiritual state (discovered only from walking in nature) transcends the physical and empirical….

Kid Kustomers -- Rhetorical Analysis
Kid Kustomers: Rhetorical Analysis Outline

Writing Strategy #1: Language

The essay 'Kid Kustomers' assumes a casual, almost-informal tone to reflect the nature of the essay itself, which is about popular and consumer cultures, and to also make the essay appropriate for its target audience -- the general public (specifically, parents and children)

The essay, from the kind of casual, informal language and usage of terms and names that are associated with pop and consumer culture, talks directly to the concerned parent and child, who are the primary target audience of the essay

Kid Kustomers communicates to the parent and child how marketing in pop culture America has targeted children as the primary target audience of their marketing, 'inciting' them through ads and programs to "whine" and demand for children's products and merchandise.

Writing Strategy #2: Evidence

Author Eric Schlosser cites specific evidences through research and analyses from industry experts that demonstrates how….


It could be argued that modern technology created the need for healthcare insurance in the first place: before technology, including new medications, became effective, to go to a hospital was regarded as a death sentence and the wealthy died at home, under the care of their personal physicians. Life spans were shorter, and patent medicines of dubious value were the main ways of treating illnesses. "What we recognize as modern medicine…began in the 1920s. That's when doctors and hospitals, having only during the previous decade learned enough about disease that they could be reliably helpful in treating sick people, began charging more than most individuals could easily pay" (Noah 2007). On a very narrow view of economies of scale, improved personal technology may result in lower costs: but it could also be argued that without computers and cars, it was far easier to live on a subsistence income, many years….


hen describing the incompetence of the Iraqis, Finkel chooses to cite the barrage of questions that occur in the mind of a typical soldier. For example, when the Iraqi security forces allow an EFP to explode that was clearly within their range of vision, Finkel rhetorically lists the queries likely to pop into a troop's mind: "Did they know the EFP [explosive formed penetrator] was there but not say anything because they were in partnership [with the insurgent]? ere they merely incompetent? Did they ever come running to help? No. Not ever. Not even once" (Finkel 85). Finkel's use of military terms like EFP (rather than simply say 'explosive' like a civilian might) shows his attempt to enter into the bitter, sarcastic mentality of a soldier. Instead of merely reporting that the Iraqis did nothing meaningful to protect their country, even though they were ostensibly being taught to do so….

Movie Trailer: Ethos, Pathos, & Logos
The trailer for the movie Prisoners effectively uses ethos, pathos, and logos to appeal to its potential audience. It uses ethos by demonstrating brief vignettes of family life to help establish the character of the main characters in the movie, as well as showing the police officer, and the suspect in the abduction. It uses logos to demonstrate that the father's conclusion that the girls were taken by the driver of the recreational vehicle have a basis in logic. It uses pathos by revealing that a child has been taken; few things are rifer with emotion than the idea of an abducted child. All three devices are traditionally used, in various degrees, by filmmakers hoping to establish an interested audience for their movies through trailers. By using all three rhetorical devices, the filmmaker creates a broad-based appeal, demonstrating that the film should be interesting to….

Ethos, Pathos, Logos
About the Author -- Ethos

Thomas L. Friedman, the winner of 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, used to work as chief White House correspondent. He then joined Washington Bureau as chief economic correspondent. In 1995, he was selected as the foreign-affairs Op-Ed columnist of The New York Times. His fabulous work made him win the Pulitzer Prize 3rd time for The New York Times in 2002. Later on, in 2005, he was made the member of Pulitzer Prize Board (Friedman, 2009).

In 1981, Mr. Friedman started working for The Times. In 1982, he started serving as Beirut bureau chief. Later on, Mr. Friedman was transferred to Jerusalem in 1984. He stayed there till 1988 and worked as Israel bureau chief. Mr. Freidman won the first Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1983 and the second Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1988 from Lebanon and Israel respectively (Friedman, 2009).

Chosen article,….

Cross-Media Response to Digital Manipulation of Still and Moving Images" was originally published in the Fall of 1996 by the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. The primary author of the study, George Albert Gladney, holds a Ph.D. In Communication and serves as the Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication & Mass Media at the University of yoming, Laramie. The secondary author, Matthew C. Ehrlich, also holds Ph.D. In Communication and researches the sociological attributes of mass media communicators. The article presents a multitude of scientific research, including detailed "survey data for a cross-media comparison between newspaper photo editors and television news directors to assess the ethical response to digital image processing and enhancement technology," to support the contention "that television news directors tend toward less strict ethical standards in application of the technology" (Gladney and Ehrlich 496). The authors employ a highly….

Pig ook Review
Perhaps one might, upon reading the title of the book, find that it is more suitable for a bed time story. I agree since the author, Jeffrey Masson, has taken to treating his readers like a bunch of children, in a bid to entrance them so that they do not mind his flawed reasoning. The title doesn't tell anything about the fact that the book is really a study of "the emotional world of domesticated animals." The author, Jeffrey Masson, was once the head of Sigmund Freud Archives, and had once said that Freud covered cases of child abuse for the purpose of backing his "seduction" theory -- that the patients had wanted to be seduced as children. Ever since, Jeffrey Masson has been revealing cases of abuse, including those featured in studies and animal abuse by man (Cohu, 2004).

In a narrative that is fairly typical of his….

Parents' Bedroom" brings true life tragedy to reality with its often shocking, heartbreaking and detailed story of genocide in Rwanda. Even though they are safe in their own lives, Uwem Akpan forces the reader to be a part of the Rwandan genocide through the first-person voice of Monique, a 9-year-old girl. In this story, she recites the confusing, horrifying and immoral acts forced upon her and her family, which are representative of the larger genocide and all that was experienced by the Tutsi, Twa and Hutu peoples.
Akpan engages the reader through masterful vivid imagery, character development and dialogue. He conjured images in my head that are so disturbing, I will never forget how real and devastating the Rwandan genocide was. It brought an issue that I saw on the news, removed and far away, to my own home, to my family and friends. An example of this vivid description….

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is the writer of "Monster Culture (Seven Theses)." He is a Professor of English as well as the Director of MEMSI or the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, located in the George ashington University. He was born in Cambridge, MA and studied classics and creative writing at the University of Rochester. He acquired his PhD in English and taught since 1994, at G.
The essay/article comes from Monster Theory: Reading Culture. This is a book containing a collection of essays, in which Cohen acted as editor and contributor. The essays within analyze and study certain aspects of culture. The article itself proclaims a "new modus legendi" or an approach of reading cultures through the monsters they create. He defies popular and earlier modes of cultural studies by suggesting knowledge is not local and proposes seven theses to assist the reader in understand cultures through the monsters created….

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Business - Advertising

Rhetorical Analysis Walgreens a Place Called Perfect

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WALGEENS hetorical Analysis: Walgreens, a Place Called Perfect Walgreens: Advertising analysis Increasingly, in an era of 'big box' stores like Wal-Mart and Costco, pharmacies are seen as obsolete. To counteract this perception…

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Native Americans

Richard Estrada A Rhetorical Analysis of Sticks

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Richard Estrada: A rhetorical analysis of "Sticks and stones and sports teams" Richard Estrada's article "Sticks and stones and sports teams" tackles the issue of professional sports teams with potentially…

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Black Studies - Philosophy

Inventing Argument Rhetorical Analysis for

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He seems to know what he is talking about and thus takes the reader into his circle of light almost immediately. At one point he makes a very…

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Business - Advertising

Advertising Rhetorical Analysis the Met

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Specifically, both the literal meaning of the sentiment "You mean more to me than anything else in the world" and also the actual purpose of a life insurance…

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Biology

Thoreau Rhetorical Analysis Henry David

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However, according to Thoreau, as modern connivances evolve, people become removed from nature. This removal from nature therefore causes people to not understand the importance of preserving it.…

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Children

Kid Kustomers -- Rhetorical Analysis Kid Kustomers

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Kid Kustomers -- Rhetorical Analysis Kid Kustomers: Rhetorical Analysis Outline Writing Strategy #1: Language The essay 'Kid Kustomers' assumes a casual, almost-informal tone to reflect the nature of the essay itself, which…

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Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rhetorical Analysis The

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It could be argued that modern technology created the need for healthcare insurance in the first place: before technology, including new medications, became effective, to go to a hospital…

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Military

Soldiers Rhetorical Analysis Chapter 5

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hen describing the incompetence of the Iraqis, Finkel chooses to cite the barrage of questions that occur in the mind of a typical soldier. For example, when the Iraqi…

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Children

Rhetorical Analysis of Movie Trailer Prisoners 2013

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Movie Trailer: Ethos, Pathos, & Logos The trailer for the movie Prisoners effectively uses ethos, pathos, and logos to appeal to its potential audience. It uses ethos by demonstrating brief…

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History - Israel

Rhetorical Analysis Ethos Pathos Logos

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Ethos, Pathos, Logos About the Author -- Ethos Thomas L. Friedman, the winner of 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, used to work as chief White House correspondent. He then joined Washington…

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Communication - Journalism

Rhetorical Analysis of the Article I'm Sending

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Cross-Media Response to Digital Manipulation of Still and Moving Images" was originally published in the Fall of 1996 by the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. The primary…

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Plays

Rhetorical Analysis of Jeffery Massons the Pig Who Sang to the Moon

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Pig ook Review Perhaps one might, upon reading the title of the book, find that it is more suitable for a bed time story. I agree since the author, Jeffrey…

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Family and Marriage

Rhetorical Analysis of My Parents Bedroom

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Parents' Bedroom" brings true life tragedy to reality with its often shocking, heartbreaking and detailed story of genocide in Rwanda. Even though they are safe in their own…

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Sociology

Rhetorical Analysis on Monster Culture

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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is the writer of "Monster Culture (Seven Theses)." He is a Professor of English as well as the Director of MEMSI or the Medieval and Early…

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