A rhetorical analysis is one of the more challenging assignments in any writing class.
Students often confuse a rhetorical analysis with a review because both assignments work to analyze a text.
To do: I'd like to see more generalizing/overview like approaches to this page; the huge lists are intimidating and probably not ultimately useful for getting a broader understanding of the topics.
Try to structure the page so that the information is better integrated and consolidated.
These specific strategies are discussed in depth throughout the remainder of this page.
The PURPOSE of a rhetorical analysis is to engage in critical thinking with the intention of effectively communicating an intended message to a predetermined audience.
Then, try to determine what the writer is attempting to achieve with the message they are conveying to a predetermined audience; then work to identify the writing strategies s/he is using.
Once the text, artifact or given source has been thoroughly analyzed you can determine whether the intended message was effectively communicated.
However, you do not need to apply all of these questions to every text, artifact, or given source.
Rather, you may use them selectively according to the specific reading at hand.