After reading Keith Grant-Davie’s article about rhetorical situations, try to apply what you’ve learned from it to some real-life rhetorical situations. For this assignment, you’ll choose some texts and analyze the rhetorical situations that brought about those texts in order to determine the constituents of those situations, as Grant-Davie defines “rhetorical situation.”
In a nutshell, you’ll choose two texts and identify their exigences, rhetors, audiences, and constraints. It may help to think of this assignment as a continuation of, or companion to, “Identifying Motives, Values, and Appeals” in the previous lesson. You might even choose, as one of your texts, the same text you chose as your second text in that assignment.