The paper has to be written on “I Have A Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.
No outside sources. The only source from which you should paraphrase or quote is the primary text you are analyzing. When you are ready to write your analysis, make sure that somewhere in the first two or three paragraphs of your essay you state the purpose and thesis of the text you are analyzing, then briefly summarize the piece. By brief and summary I mean give us the main ideas in five sentences or less.
Be sure you include your own thesis, which will be your evaluation of the text. An analysis is a type of argument, so you must have a claim. For example, In Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. argues splendidly for equal rights, using logos, pathos, and ethos to sway his audience.
Choose a method of organization for your essay. You may organize your essay based on the type of evidence and appeals used, for example. Then you may move from the strongest evidence or appeal to the weakest or vice versa. You may even move from strongest to weakest then add a section on evidence or an appeal that was missing but badly needed. Consider things like the authors persona or voice. Does it sound educational? Polite towards the opposition? Factual? Remember than the persona is part of the persuasion. A factual tone from an author relying heavily on hard evidence and statistics suggests an author who wishes to appear scientific, objective, and unbiased. Our culture places a great deal of value on science, so this could be persuasive by itself. (Barnet and Bedau 177-181)
Questions to Consider:
To what extent does the writer use Aristotle’s persuasive appeals (logos, pathos, and ethos)?
Does the writer quote authorities? Are these authorities really competent in this field?
Does the writer use statistics? If so, are they appropriate to the point being argued?
Does the writer build the argument by using examples or analogies? Are they satisfactory?
Are the writers assumptions acceptable?
Does the writer consider all relevant factors? Has he or she omitted some points that you think should be discussed?