Leave the headings (introduction, method of criticism, analysis, contributions and conclusions) In your introduction, you should 1) capture the reader’s attention, 2) briefly introduce the reader to your topic, 3) briefly describe the context, and 4) state your thesis statement (underline thesis statement). Your thesis statement should be something like A (X type of criticism) analysis of (X speech) reveals (tell me what it reveals and what your argument is). Sometimes it is easier to write this introduction after you have written the paper and know what you are going to say.
Method of Criticism
Here you will choose one of the search models from class (narrative, metaphor, cluster, ideological, or feminist).
Describe the method. What is it called? In your own words, write a summary in your own words of how it works.
Do some research on the method, and write about the origins of it. Write about how other studies have used it. When you use other research, make sure to have parenthetical citations that match your works cited (Earle, 2021, p. 85).
In this section, you will write the findings of your analysis. I recommend looking at sample papers posted in the modules. Each type of criticism will look different. The analysis should be the longest part of your paper, more than 2 pages. This is where you apply the search model to your speech (Barack Obama’s Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention) and tell what you have found.
For example, if you are using narrative criticism, you might look at how 2 or 3 elements of narrative (like the plot or the characters or the setting, etc.) work together to do something in the speech. If you are using cluster criticism, you might choose 3 key terms, analyze them as we learned in the module, and show the significance of them. As another example, you might explain an ideology or two that come out in the speech and then explain the elements and the significance of it.
Contributions and Conclusions
In this section, first summarize what you did and your findings.
Then think about the contributions. What does this tell us that is new about your speech? What does it tell us that is new about a certain type of rhetoric? Beyond this, what still needs to be understood? What are some questions you are left with or future areas of research? End the paper with a concluding tone or a memorable ending for your reader to think about.
What are some questions you are left with or future areas of research?