Rhetorical Analysis: Will You Sprint, Stroll Or Stumble Into A Career

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A rhetorical analysis is a way break down a text using reading skills and applying it into an essay. Students today may already have a plan to go to college or may need more time to think of what they are going to do. Underemployment is beginning to be more persistent in college graduates which shows that there might be something wrong in the pathway into a career. The purpose of this essay is to analyze the article, “Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career?” by New York Times author Jeffrey J. Selingo, and to inform students that there are certain pathways that can benefit you successfully to have a career. In this informative article, Selingo uses ethos, logos, and analogy in order to explain certain ways students can benefit going …show more content…

The rhetorical strategies that are used in the article are ethos, anecdote and analogy. The rhetorical strategy, ethos is used when it states that more than half of a man’s salary growth happens during the first ten years according to a director of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families (Selingo 9). This furthers the authors claim because the evidence shows that the article used credible sources in order for the audience to trust the author. Another rhetorical strategy used was anecdote when it the author tells a short story of Stanley Hall and how back in the mid 1800s college students like Stanley had the same problem of finding what they wanted to do after college (Selingo 2). This supports the authors claim by telling a story that would be similar to a student from todays society. Moreover, this shows that Stanley Hall was probably a “Wanderer” due to the fact that he took a gap year to Europe. The last rhetorical strategy that was used in the article is analogy when it states being unemployed can lead you to looking for jobs all day which is similar to dating in a sense that your application looks good however, the employer never calls back (Selingo 7). This rhetorical strategy used analogy to compare being unemployed and looking for jobs to dating. Jeffrey Selingo used these rhetorical strategies: ethos, anecdote and analogy to give support to the certain pathways into a career that can benefit students in the

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