Tutor profile: Ryan H.
When crafting the conclusion to a rhetorical essay what are some techniques you might consider implementing in order to ensure the reader agrees with the thesis you're defending?
One of my favorite things to do when drawing a conclusion is to bring up the most obvious counter-argument to whatever thesis I have spent the paper defending. I then explain why this counter-argument bears no weight due to evidence I have already presented in the paper. This technique is particularly useful as it demonstrates to the reader that you are willing to take into account other opinions and views, but that your argument is still strong enough to stand up to them. Another excellent choice is to further complicate your argument or thesis. Instead of restating your thesis which you should have already stated clearly in your introduction, postulate on where else this question you have spent time exploring could take you. Asking questions that may lead the reader to more fully investigate the topic of your paper is always an excellent way to ensure the impact of your paper is not lost. Finally, you can also utilize metaphor to restate your thesis. This works best with literary explications or dissections of other such language heavy works. It allows you as the writer the freedom to show your creative side and gives you an opportunity to remind the reader of the original intent you had in writing this essay. Utilizing metaphor also gives you a chance to show how after writing the paper your original claim/thesis might have evolved, changed or become more complex. As previously described, adding a twist like this at the end is sure to ensure that your reader leaves your essay still thinking about your topic.
Do you consider Romeo and Juliet to be a tragedy or a comedy? Why?
One could argue that Romeo and Juliet reads and plays out very much like a comedy for the first three acts. The story is one of love, there are clowns, parties, balcony scenes and comical sequences of Shakespeare weaving witty jokes together as Capulets insult Montagues. However, after the death of Mercutio, the story takes a turn as does the tone. Romeo is driven by revenge rather than love as he hunts Tybalt down, love becomes less of a theme as survival takes precedence, and the once playful rivalry between Capulets and Montagues becomes deadly as the stakes become truly life or death. As the play ends in death rather than a wedding, traditionalists would claim that Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. However, I could easily imagine a production of the play or an interpretation of it that might persuade me to see the absurdity of two teenagers going to such lengths for what they believe is love. If that were the case, I could imagine it as a comedy as well. That's the beauty of Shakespeare, it's a highly specific form in respect to the interpretation of the language, but one can easily shift the frame in which one of his plays is presented to create an entirely new message that might even be more relevant to the modern day.
Subject: Film and Theater
What do many scholars consider to be the ancient activity which theatrical performance eventually evolved from?
The short answer is ritualistic storytelling. During hunter-gatherer times, several thousand years BC, hunters would return back from a hunt and wish to share their experience with the rest of their tribe. Over time, this act became more and more formalized, until it involved hunters dressing up in animal pelts and physically acting out the events of the hunt each and every time they came back from a successful hunt. This physical storytelling is posited to be the first moment of truly acting out stories in a way that resembles what we consider theatre today.
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