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Rhetorical Analysis of Lysias 1: On the Murder of Eratosthenes

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1.Your rhetorical analysis should analyze a text, not simply describe it. In other words, the analysis should shed light on the text by using the rhetorical concepts introduced in this unit.

2.The analysis should use specific examples from the chosen text to support the observations and claims that you make in your essay. It should demonstrate attention to detail and depth of thought.

3.Your essay should have a beginning, a middle, and an ending. These portions of the essay should fulfill the needs and anticipations of readers and enhance the meaning of your essay.

4.Your essay should have a title—strive for one that is meaningful and/or creative.

5.The final length of this assignment is 3—4 pages (950—1,300 words). Your final submission should be word-processed, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. Please use 12-point, Times New Roman font.

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Your first major choice in writing your essay is deciding which text you wish to analyze. I am not sure from your assignment sheet if you have a fixed list of texts from which to choose or whether you are allowed to select any text of your choice. If the latter is the case, I would choose Lysias' "On the Murder of Eratosthenes" because rhetorical theory was originally developed in ancient Greece to analyze forensic and deliberative oratory.

For a paper of this length, your introduction should provide an overview of what main points your will cover in your paper, serving as a sort of road map for your reader. The paper should be divided into the following sections:

1. Introduction: In this, you should state that you have chosen "On the Murder of Eratosthenes" because it was a speech widely admired in antiquity. Lysias was considered one of the best logographers of his period, and was especially admired for his purity of style and his ability to suit speeches to the character of the speaker. ...

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This discusses how a student can approach the task of rhetorical analysis of Lysias 1, "On the Murder of Eratosthenes", by using ancient rhetorical theories.

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