English 101 Essay Two: Rhetorical
Analysis Essay (750-word minimum)
Alice Walker, "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens"
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You will be developing a rhetorical analysis of Alice Walker's
"In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens."
Please review the discussion of this genre in the Little
Seagull Handbook, pp. 49-53, including the key elements:
of the Text
Attention to the Context
Clear Interpretation or Judgment
Support for Conclusions
More specifically, you may consider some of these possible
To what degree does Walker employ the classical
rhetorical appeals to logos, ethos, and pathos?
Explain how effectively she uses these appeals.
Explain Walker's discussion of the different images
traditionally used to describe black women, and black women
artists in particular. Which cultural contexts does she
identify as producing and perpetuating those images?
Explain the concept of contrary instincts and how Walker
uses this term to develop her argument.
Explain similarities and differences Walker identifies in
the experiences of African American women of the 19th and
20th centuries and the European women of the same time
period as discussed by Virginia Woolf.
Explain the differences between high and low art and the
use of these different forms by African American women as
Walker describes them.
Explain Walker's concept of "the notion of song" as it
relates to the experience of the African American women she
Explain the importance of searching, as mentioned in
Walker's title. How does the notion of process function in
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(which does not count toward the 750-word minimum).
Be sure your thesis is clear and precise and that your
supporting evidence is adequate and effective.
Also be sure to eliminate all mechanical errors and to
use spell-check, both with your computer and your own eyes.