Points of analysis

On the following pages we will present a detailed model for making a rhetorical analysis of a speech.

Firstly, we will help you get an overview of the composition or structure of the speech, considering aspects such as its title, beginning, middle and end.

Next, you can read about how stylistic devices such as figurative language or alliteration can affect the audience’s impression of a speech.

Following this, we will go into detail about rhetorical devices such as antithesis, tricolon and repetition, which can help a speech be more convincing.

We will also show you how the three modes of persuasion - logos, ethos and pathos - can be used to appeal to the audience in various ways.

Furthermore, you can read about how to analyze the argumentation in a speech, both in relation to general features such as open vs. hidden argumentation, and more specific points related to various types of arguments.

Finally, you can read about how to analyze the speaker’s delivery of the speech when you have access to video footage. We will show you how elements such as body language, facial expressions and tone of voice can aid or hinder the speaker’s presentation, depending on how they are used.

You can read the full analysis guide in the following pages.