Essay 4: Analysis of Rhetorical Strategies
Tattoos on the Heart is Gregory Boyle’s memoir of running Homeboy Industries and working with gang members to help them change their lives. Boyle uses various rhetorical strategies to connect with his readers to convey his major themes of kinship and redemption and the power of “boundless compassion.”
Assignment: What examples of logos, pathos or ethos can be found in Tattoos on the Heart? How does Boyle make use of these strategies, and are they effective? Why or why not? You will provide a close reading and analysis of Boyle’s appeals to the reader displayed anywhere in the book.
Criteria for evaluation:
provide clear and specific evidence that he does, indeed, use those strategies. (You can choose three passages where he uses logos, for example; or you can
discuss three different passages where he uses logos, pathos and ethos.) analyze the effect of those rhetorical strategies. How do they affect the audience? In what ways do they advance or harm his ability to persuade the reader of his overall argument?
For a successful paper, make sure to:
Length: 3-4 pages
Intro paragraph and thesis statement or rough draft: Tuesday, 11/29
Final Draft Due: Thursday, 12/8 (Last day of classes – no late papers accepted!)
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