Compose a brief 300-500-word rhetorical analysis of the ethos and logos in the lyrics of a song of your choice. Choose a song with lyrics that will provide you a good analysis of both ethos and logos; that is, a claim is being made and some reasoning given, and there is some sense of trust being conveyed.
Appeal to Logos: make a claim in your topic sentence about how logos is used, asserting what you think is the major claim of the song; and in the subsequent paragraph/s show evidence and reasoning that support your claim for what you believe to be the song’s claim. Your evidence should include several supporting quotes from lyrics (which may also include imagery from correlating music video), and your reasoning should explain why the evidence proves your claim for the song’s claim. Use for your reasoning any relevant terminology/lingo that you can apply from the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing textbook (chapter 10), and as summed up in the Ethos Logos handout (especially any Rhetorical Devices that might apply, for instance).
Appeal to Ethos: make a claim in your topic sentence about how ethos is used, and in the subsequent paragraph/s show evidence and reasoning that supports your claim. Your evidence should include several supporting quotes from lyrics (which may also include imagery from correlating music video), and your reasoning for at least two types of ethos as discussed and practiced in class, as defined in First-Year Rhetoric and Writing textbook (chapter 9), and as summed up in the Ethos Logos handout: authority, goodwill, common ground, and/or identity.
Structure and Style: compose your essay using MLA style/format and begin the first paragraph of your mini-essay with a topic sentence that clearly asserts your claim (logos might be the best to start with). Then the evidence and reasoning should follow through the rest of the paragraph/s. Do the same for the other rhetorical appeal (ethos, if you led with logos)
Note: do not write an intro, thesis, or conclusion for this essay; this is a mini-essay with essentially two topics/points, which could be in theory part of a larger essay. Work Cited is also not needed in this document
At the end of the same document, but on a separate page, provide lyrics to the song (not included in word-count).
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