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Topic: rhetorical situation of the films

You can use any of the films on the prompt. You need to use trace in the essay I have attached a file what it means. You need 2 scholarly source. Please use trace. Don’t explain what trace is just use it in the paragraphs. And just follow the prompt.

The Rhetorical Situation of Films

As the editors of our textbook point out, “When you apply argument theory to the reading of literature, you will be “inside the text,” so to speak, analyzing what is there and working to understand it. Your focus may be on the main argument made by the text, or it may be on one or more of the characters and the arguments they make” (405) . Essay #2 asks students to analyze the rhetorical situation of one of the films listed below (all films are available for streaming).

  1. Bird Box (2018)
  2. Eighth Grade (2018)
  3. The Florida Project 92017)
  4. Obvious Child (2014)
  5. Okja (2017)
  6. Roma (2018)

Essay Requirements

  1. A clear thesis statement: as tempting as it might be to take your own stand in response to your film’s hot-button issue, your thesis should make an arguable statement about the specific rhetorical strategies your film uses, and whether or not the argument is a persuasive one.
  2. A well-Constructed argument: in order to advance, support your claim, you will need to include sound reasons (ideas that explain why you are arguing what you are arguing), the counterargument (the opposing viewpoint and your concession or refutation of that viewpoint), and credible evidence.
  3. Identify key rhetorical terms: Identify and analyze all parts of TRACE (text, reader, author, constraints and exigence).
  4. The opposing viewpoint/counterclaim: Please include a paragraph or section that addresses what others might say in response to your argument. Furthermore, how might you respond to it? Concession? Refutation?
  5. Scholarly sources: This essay should include a minimum of two parenthetical citations from two scholarly sources in your argument. For instance, I recommend that students employ scholarly books and/or peer-reviewed journal articles for their evidence. Finally essays that do not meet the scholarly source requirement- either by using non-scholarly sources or by omitting the source requirement altogether – will receive a D.
  6. Page requirement: A minimum of five entire pages. Neither a 4.5 length essay nor a 4.75 page essay counts as a five-page essay. Essays that do not meet the page requirement will receive a D.
  7. Essay Title: Essays must present a specific, descriptive title. Essays that are titled Essay#2, Essay #2: The Rhetorical Situations of Films, or a title that just lists the title of the film itself will be docked five (5 points)
  8. MLA Formatting: All of our essays must adhere to correct MLA formatting guidelines. Furthermore, all essay must be typed in 12- point Times New Roman Font.
  9. MLA List of Works Cited: Your work-cited list should include a list of all works consulted for this essay, including your film and your scholarly sources.



The TRACE METHOD, is a tool discussed in the book by Nancy V. Wood, “Essentials of Argument” that outlines the five elements of a rhetorical situation, and helps the reader to analyze arguments. “Essentials of Argument” explains each letter in the acronym, TRACE.

T- Text – The written argument which consists of any type of text including but not limited to essays, letters, books, etc. The text can be in any format such as a video, website, advertisement.etc

R- Reader – The author has to make sure that the reader is drawn into the essay enough to want to pay attention and analyze the argument, because the author and the argument have the potential to change the readers’ stance on a certain audience, but there is a definite possibility that the reader may not identify with the intended audience. The reader can analyze and compare the reaction of an audience that relates with the argument and one that does.

Author – Through the text, the author reveals his or her stance concerning the argument. It is through the text that the audience gains information about the author.

C- Constraints – “Constraints include the people, events, circumstances and traditions that are part of the situation and that constrain or limit a targeted audience and cause these readers to analyze and react to the situation in a particular way. Constraints also include the beliefs, attitudes, prejudices, interests, and habits that influence the audience’s perceptions of the situation. Constraints may draw the author and audience together or they may drive them apart” (Wood).

E – Exigence- “Exigence is the part of the situation that signals that something controversial has occurred. A problem needs to be resolved by some response from an audience.” (Wood).



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