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ENGL 102 - English Composition II - Schmidt

Rhetorical Triangle

Drawing of three two-sided arrows in the shape of a pyramid. Where points meet on top, "Purpose"; bottom left, "Author"; bottom right, "Audience." "Message" is in the middle.

Lumen. (n.d.) Rhetorical Context. Retrieved from https://courses.lumenlearning.com/styleguide/chapter/rhetorical-context/

Evaluating Sources--Rhetorical Triangle

Evaluating Sources, start by asking three questions...

 

1. AuthorWho is the author?

  • What do you know about the author?

  • Is he/she trustworthy? Why?

  • What else has he/she written on the subject?  

2. Audience: Who is the intended audience?

  • Who is the target audience?

  • What is the audience’s interest in the subject?

  • What does the audience know about the subject?

  • How would the audience feel about the subject?

3. Purpose: What is the purpose?

  • What specific information is the writer conveying?

  • Is the writer trying to convince you of something?

  • Is the writer trying to sell something?

*Adapted from the University Writing Program Northern Arizona University