Part II: Rhetorical Strategies for Essays
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Nine rhetorical strategies are generally recognized: Narration, description, comparison, example, illustration, definition, process, causal analysis and argument. Most writing will use a variety of strategies in a single essay. However, for inexperienced rhetoricians, practicing each separately helps in learning the techniques of organization distinct to the individual strategy. Students then learn to draw from a full palette of techniques to paint your ideas in writing. For example, you can’t tell a good story (narration), without description, you might provide examples when comparing items, and you will present causes and effects as part of logical reasoning in argument.
In this section, the chapters included recognize the seven strategies generally taught as single essays. Description is included with Chapter 9, and example is treated in Chapter 12 as synonymous with illustration.
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