Analyzing Arguments

In order to better read, understand, and analyze an argument, you will need to have a firm understanding of the rhetorical situation and some of the basic elements of argument. Even before you begin reading an argument, you should consider the rhetorical situation. The first several times you read an argument, use Aristotle’s “artistic proofs”—logos, pathos, and ethos—to consider how these basic elements of argument work (or do not work) together. This presentation will provide a brief description of the rhetorical situation and ethos, pathos and logos. It will also provide some questions to ask as you begin analyzing an argument.