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20 Good Example Topics For A Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Rhetorical essay is quite often hailed as one of the most important type of essay to write. What you need to keep in mind is selecting a good non-fiction work that can be analyzed in great detail and then you will have to discuss how it was meant to be interpreted. You have to detail how the author or speaker wished to influence the audience through the work.

Here are some very interesting topics on which you can base your rhetorical analysis essay:

  1. Mark Anthony’s speech in Julius Caesar that incited the mobs.
  2. ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee is a masterpiece in American literature.
  3. Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ and the role played by the three witches. How the opening scene set tone for the entire play.
  4. Detailed rhetorical analysis of the speech ‘I have a dream’ given by Martin Luther King. How it influence the civil rights movement.
  5. Effect of the ‘Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation’ by Franklin D. Roosevelt
  6. Analysis of the resignation speech given by Richard Nixon.
  7. Speech given by Steve Jobs at his commencement.
  8. A detail analysis of the speech ‘Atoms for Peace’ given by Dwight Eisenhower’s
  9. Any of the speeches given by John F. Kennedy specially the inaugural address.
  10. An explanation of the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” written by Edgar Allan Poe.
  11. The Shuttle ''Challenger'' or the Disaster Address by Ronald Reagan.
  12. ‘Hamlet’ one of the best tragedies by William Shakespeare.
  13. You can also write on sermons. The most popular choice would be the “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” written by Jonathan Edwards.
  14. If you want to write on a poem choose ‘Wild Nights’ composed by Emily Dickinson
  15. The speech given by William Faulkner when he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  16. Ever thought of writing a rhetorical essay on a popular essay? You can write on ‘Consider the Lobster’ written by David Foster Wallace.
  17. You can also write on the ‘Brave heart’ speech given by William Wallace to his men.
  18. For film celebrities you work on the speech given by Tom Hanks when he received the Academy Award for “Philadelphia”
  19. The inaugural address by the present American president Barrack Obama if you like to work on contemporary topics.
  20. The most historical speech to write on would be Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.
 

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