Reflection #1

A writer develops in direct proportion to the amount of rhetorical analysis methods he masters. By proactively seeking to develop a deeper understanding of rhetorical context questions, explicit/implicit/extended meaning, and the Toulmin Method, we can all add these strategies to our arsenal to help us cultivate a more firm command of the English language.

Considering the listed rhetorical context questions allows readers to think critically about the objectives and strategy of the writer in achieving those objectives. Answering the questions enables readers to completely step into the writer’s mind. The explicit/implicit/extended meaning method is yet another strategy that gives readers the platform to enhance their understanding of a piece of writing. By outright separating what the author is literally saying from her underlying meaning, readers are able to deduce the true message of the author.

Following the execution of the two strategies above, readers can then emulate the tactics used in the authors’ writing to produce original work of increased quality.

Moreover, the Toulmin Method is a fantastic method that, if implemented, can assist any writer in formulating an effective argument. This method does have its restrictions however, as a writer would not employ the Toulmin Method when sharing an amusing anecdote. The Toulmin Method is more suited for persuasive pieces or debate speeches.



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