rhetorical Criticism

This is an about 6 page (no limit really, depends also on how precise and direct one can be in their writing style) reasearch paper of a sermon (Sweet Comfort For Feeble Saints by Charles Haddon Spurgeon) criticism using the “Neo-Aristotelian Criticism method.
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Neo-Aristotelian Analysis of Spurgeon’s Sermon, “Sweet Comfort for Feeble Saints.”

  1. Introduction
  2. A brief biographical paragraph of Aristotle that includes his view and definition of rhetoric and persuasion. This paragraph should also mention the strengths of his approach and why it is still very valid today.
  3. A one page explanation and description of the Neo-Aristotelian Criticism methodology.
  4. Analysis
  5. Logos
    1. What is Spurgeon’s main argument and how does he develop it?
    2. How does Spurgeon support his argument? What kinds of evidence does he use?
    3. Is his reasoning logically sound? Why?
  6. Ethos
    1. How does Spurgeon come across as intelligent, honesty, and good-willed? Use lots of direct quotes from the sermon of the text as you answer all the questions of this paper. No claim should be supported with less than three examples of direct text from the sermon.
  7. Pathos
    1. What kinds of emotions does the sermon stir and what specific language in the text stir these emotions? Why does Spurgeon appeal to emotions? Are there positive and negative emotions, how do these two complement each other? What role do emotions play in the experience of the listeners? Use lots of evidence from the sermon. This section should be equal to a page or more single spaced. (The whole analysis can be a page long, depending on how short and precise can you elaborately communicate, But because neo-Aristotelian criticism needs to be heavily supported with no less than three examples from the text, each segment here (ethos, logos, pathos) may end up taking its own page)
  8. Interpretation
    1. Use your knowledge and research to make sense of the observations you made in the analysis section. And please do so in light of the Neo-Aristotelian Criticism interpretation. Make sure there is a sound coherent criticism throughout the paper. (Interpretation stage needs to be at least a page long – single-spaced).
  9. Evaluation
    1. Was Spurgeon’s logical sound and consistent? How so?
    2. Was his evidence sufficient, consistent and appropriate?
    3. Which of the artistic proofs (logos, ethos, and pathos) does he mainly depend on and why? How does the other two artistic two complement and play an important role in the development and supporting of the main argument?
    4. Was Spurgeon effective in driving his message home? Why do you think so?
    5. What could Spurgeon do better next time? Could he have been effective could he have engaged different rhetoric devices?
    6. What three lessons would other pastors and ministers in the same position learn from Spurgeon’s use of rhetoric? (The evaluation section needs to be at least a page long, single spaced).
  10. Conclusion
    1. A brief summary of all the arguments made.
    2. How does Spurgeon make use of all the available means of persuasion (ethos, pathos, and logos) to capture his audience attention, advance their comprehension, and prolong their retention span. This needs to be about half a page and contain original non-cited material.
  11. APA Bibliography (Since this is a research paper, it has to have in-text APA citations).

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