Biographical essay + thesis

In many ways, this assignment is a longer version of your previous essay assignment (the reflective rant). The topic is different, and so is the audience, but the type of moves you’ll make with regard to purpose and argument may be similar. For instance, if a reader finishes your essay and says, “Wow, I would have never thought about that person in that way,” then you have achieved some success. To that end, it may help to think of your selected person as an example of a larger problem, situation, or phenomenon. Your argument, then, becomes your purposeful investigation of this larger element. Or you could think of your selected person as a rhetorical device–a tool you are using to begin a different (but related) conversation that is larger and perhaps more sophisticated.

Biographical essay + thesis

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