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How to Title Rhetorical Analysis


The title for a rhetorical analysis serves a central function in how the analysis is received. The title gives the reader an idea of the topic and the approach that will be utilized in the analysis. The title is also a fantastic way to pull readers in and create a positive first impression. Take some time to consider the many ways a title can be constructed to start your rhetorical analysis off with a bang.

Consider the speech or writing that you analyzed in the paper. What major questions or ideas did you pull from the bulk of your rhetorical analysis? Think of phrases that will entice the reader and catch their attention. For example, if you produced a paper on Winston Churchill's speeches, possible headings that could be used in a title would be “Wartime Politics” or “Speaking for Peace.” Consider all the possible, broad ideas that could be included in a title. Note these ideas down on a blank sheet of paper.

Create a title that will reflect the specific topic of the rhetorical analysis. Build off of the ideas in Step 1. For example add the name of Churchill and a possible date of the speech you analyzed. A new title might look like “Wartime Politics: Winston Churchill's Response to Wartime Invasions in 1939.”

Revise the title to only include words that are useful and necessary. For example, do not include the phrase “An Analysis of” or “A Rhetorical Analysis.” These phrases will become evident within the paper. Focus the title on the specific item or individual to be analyzed and the major theme which that item suggests.

Capitalize the title, except for small words such as “an” and “the.” Always center the title on the paper so that it grabs the reader's attention.

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