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For this analysis essay, you’re being asked to compare two articles on a similar subject in order to study and consider how their different audiences and forms (journalistic and academic) shape the argument, reasoning, and evidence that the writers include. There isn’t one right answer here, and you’ll be graded primarily on meeting the requirements.
Prompt and Instructions:
For this analytical essay, please analyze the two texts (Wolstenholme and Sweet) in the “What Happens When Others Deny Our Reality” page by comparing how each writer shapes their argument, reasoning, and evidence to appeal to their audience.
Prompt: What are Wolstenholme and Sweet arguing and how does each writer support their argument differently based upon the type of article they are writing?
Note that Wolstenholme is writing a journalistic article and Sweet is writing a peer-reviewed article. Work through the reading guide in the content page to help you take notes and structure your ideas.
The topic for both texts is gaslighting. The argument is what the writer is saying about gaslighting. The reasoning answers the question “Why does the writer argue that their point is necessary and convincing?” The evidence can include examples, other texts and arguments, data, interviews, etc.
Your analytical essay needs to be a minimum of 2 full, properly-formatted pages and it needs to focus on Wolstenholme and Sweet rather than on your reaction. You may briefly include your opinion about whether and where each argument is effective given the audience, but avoid focusing on whether you overall agree or disagree. In an analysis essay, your agreement or disagreement matters less, your goal is to demonstrate your understanding.
Include 1-2 short quotes from each article. Make sure each quotation is introduced (Links to an external site.). Provide context by reminding your reader what is happening in the original text when the quote occurs. Analyze each quote by explaining how it demonstrates the point you are making.
For citation: you do not need a works cited page because our course content page includes the full mla-style citation for each text, and we are not using additional outside sources. Make sure it is clear which author you are quoting by either including their name in your introduction to the quote or by including an in-text citation at the end of the sentence before the period (Wolstenholme). For Sweet, you will need to include a page number in an in-text citation when quoting. For example: Introduction, “quote” (Sweet 853).