Evaluate Didion’s rhetorical strategies to determine how successfully her argument demonstrates sound critical reasoning.

Assignment Question

Our assignment encourages the development of the critical reasoning skills necessary to construct well- organized, well-supported, and engaging essays. In order to do so, you must demonstrate sound critical reasoning skills in your own writing while critiquing the work of another. Joan Didion’s essay, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” recounts the counterculture movement of the 1960s in California; however, how she constructs this argument is of greater significance for this assignment.

With this in mind, respond to the following prompt:

Evaluate Didion’s rhetorical strategies to determine how successfully her argument demonstrates sound critical reasoning.

When constructing your argument, (choose 5/5 sources) consider Didion’s use (or misuse) of: • Ethos • Logos • Pathos • Tone • Third-person • First-person Your essay must be typed (12-point font, Times New Roman, double spaced, standard 8 ½ by 11-inch paper, with 1- inch margins at the top, bottom and sides).

In addition, your essay must be at least 4 full pages and formatted within MLA guidelines. Lastly, you must include an MLA formatted Work Cited page (which does not count toward the 4- page minimum length requirement)

Use this for: Works Cited – Didion, Joan. Slouching Towards Bethlehem. New York: Farrar, Straus and Ginroux, 1986. You must utilize third-person and present tense to remain unbiased in your analysis—thus successfully incorporating your own use of ethos You must utilize logos by incorporating examples from Didion’s essay for each of your main claims. • You must include at least five body paragraphs. o This means you will be evaluating at least five different rhetorical strategies.

o Each body paragraph must only address one claim: § For example, you can argue how and why Didion’s use of pathos is correct, or incorrect. o Each paragraph should analyze how and why Didion uses a particular strategy either successfully or unsuccessfully (or a combination of both). o Therefore, if your thesis, for example, argues that Didion’s use of pathos is unsuccessful, you must include a body paragraph that proves that claim is correct. • Each body paragraph must include at least one quote from Didion’s essay o Quotes must utilize a lead-in so as to incorporate the quote as part of a complete sentence. • Quotes must be analyzed—you must explain how and why the quote you’ve included proves your claim regarding Didion’s use (or misuse) of rhetoric. • Since you must have at least five body paragraphs, you must include at least five different quotes—you cannot use quotes more than once. • Your conclusion should include what Didion could have done differently to improve her use of rhetoric. Lastly Joan Didion’s “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”.