Tutor profile: Abigail B.
How do I form a thesis statement for my essay?
A thesis statements purpose is to serve as a "road map" for the rest of the essay. it is essentially a hyper-condensed version of your entire argument. In order to form a solid thesis, we can use the "TOE" method to lay the groundwork. TOE stands for Topic, Opinion, and Evidence. These are the building blocks of any good argument. For the sake of this example, let's say we're writing an essay trying to convince a friend that tacos are a great food for college students: Topic: "Tacos" Opinion: "...are a great food for college students" Evidence: "Because" -They're fast -they're cheap -they can come in a wide variety Please note that the "opinion" can be for or against a topic, and that the "evidence" section typically calls for a MINIMUM of three examples. When we take all of this outlined information and plug it into a sentence, we get the context of the whole argument: "Tacos are a great food for college students, because they're fast, cheap, and come in a wide variety." Each of these "evidence" points then become the topic of your body paragraphs. See, a road map!
In Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil", what is the veil supposed to represent?
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" has been a spark-point for debate for decades. Some believe that the veil represents the Minister's desire to remain holy and separate from his congregation. Other's believe it is secretly a veil of grief meant for the young woman who dies early in the story. Many read the veil as more of a metaphor rather than a physical veil, while others still believe the veil serves a practical purpose of hiding wounds from a secret STD.
What does my ENG101 professor mean by "rhetoric"? What am I supposed to be analyzing in a "rhetorical analysis"?
In many ENG settings, "rhetoric" simply means "persuasion". When talking about an author's rhetoric, professors are asking for you to engage with and evaluate the author's argument and their ability to persuade the audience into believing something(note: "author" can mean the creator if you're engaging in multimodal work, like a YouTube video, or a piece of advertising). Three aspects of rhetoric that we can evaluate are the author's "ethos", "logos", and "pathos". In other words, how does an author establish credibility? How do they use logic to manipulate their audience's sensibilities? How do they use emotion to play on the audience's heartstrings?
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