Lost In America Rhetorical Analysis

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The analysis I made was based on Douglas McGray’s article “Lost in America”. You did a great job starting your introduction in a creative way using a question as attention-grabber. It is an effective strategy to grab the reader’s attention. You briefly summarized the article’s main points; it provides readers a brief explanation of what will be further analyzed. You also established a very solid thesis statement with a purpose, audience and rhetorical device being analyzed. It shows that you have a strong understanding of the purpose of the article. However, in order to make your thesis clearer, you should specify the author’s purpose of persuading or informing his audience. Saying only that the author argues does not specify his purpose toward…show more content…
It is essential to make readers aware of what arguments and rhetorical choice you are going to talk about in the paragraph. You offered strong evidence to support your claims. You effectively explained how the rhetorical device connected to the author’s purpose and audience. You also explained properly how the rhetorical strategy works. Your use of quotes and in-text citation is well done but do not forget that the author’s last name must be included in MLA style unless it is unknown. In the first body paragraph you state, “McGray scares the reader when he mentions that, “Soon, we hear, the United States will become a nation of baristas and retail clerks, while Asians…commute to work on cold fusion-powered monorails, and fine tune the software that will put Microsoft and Google out of business” (353). You used this quote as an example of illustration. However, because of its exaggerated nature, this quote seems to look more like an example of hyperbole than illustration itself. I would suggest you to read more and try to find another quote that would establish better this rhetorical choice. You did a great job starting your conclusion with a summary of your main points and restated the thesis statement. In this way, this conclusion brings the audience's mind back to the overall purpose. You offered solid and concise claims to prove the author’s

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