Bring your Food Inc. thesis statement to class to share aloud.
For the analytical essay:
Your assignment is to do a rhetorical analysis of a Food Inc.. That is, analyze the purpose of the film, the audience to whom it is geared, and the strategies that are used to reach that audience. Take a look at these outlines for essays on An Inconvenient Truth.
1st draft due to turnitin.com on Sunday, October 5th
Peer Review due on Monday, October 6th
2nd draft due to turnitin.com on October 8th
Thesis: In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore wants to reach a large audience, particularly nonscientists, to stress the urgency of responding to global warming.
I. He establishes the ethos of a public servant whose concern stems from ethical and moral rather than political motivation.
II. He provides an enormous amount of technical information by taking advantage of a multimedia format.
III. He appeals to pathos by juxtaposing what was or is with what might be—and, in fact, is likely to occur.
IV. Gore acknowledges several counterarguments, but he refutes them with humor or alternative explanation.
V. He uses his personal experiences as a father and brother to stress the deep commitment he has to this issue.
Conclusion: An Inconvenient Truth effectively sounds the alarm for global warming by offering an accessible explanation that blends scientific information and human interest.
Thesis: Although Al Gore claims that only moral and ethical concerns about global warming prompted him to make the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, the film is a thinly disguised promotion for another bid for the presidency.
I. Throughout the film, he establishes the ethos of a successful politician who has not been given his due.
II. He intersperses his scientific and technical presentations with criticisms of the Bush administration.
III. He manipulates his audience into feeling a sense of urgency by exaggerating the effects of global warming through before-and-after contrasts.
IV. He mentions counterarguments but dismisses them with sarcasm and derisive humor.
V. He uses the artistic elements of documentary film to pull at his audience’s heartstrings by describing the near-death of his son and the cancer death of his sister, neither of which is directly related to his subject.
Conclusion: Al Gore may have a sincere concern about the environment, but An Inconvenient Truth is only a means to further his ambitions for the presidency by reaching a large number of potential voters.