The Rhetorical Situation

The rhetorical situation consists of the five different elements that the writer must consider when planning and writing an effective argument.  The reader must consider his or her place within the rhetorical situation as they critically read a work in order to better understand the work's general argument.

When you critical read using the rhetorical situation as your guide you must ask yourself a series of questions:

These questions will help you analyze the rhetorical situation and gain a better understanding of the argument's main parts.

Adapted from Wood, Nancy V.  Perspectives on Argument.  Third Edition.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice Hall, 2001.