More important than the functions of the techniques she uses independently is how Roiphe uses them together. For example, had she bluntly stated early in her essay that women are “female chauvinist sows,” without preceding it with contrast, a quite different effect would have been created. Her readers, particularly the women, would have undoubtedly been offended. This approach would certainly have prevented the essay from being convincing. It is obvious that Roiphe purposely used the techniques in a planned way. This allowed her to create a specifically designed essay that was beneficial in helping her present her ideas.
Each body paragraph should have its own topic sentence. Make sure every idea or sentence in a paragraph relates to its topic sentence; you don’t want to jump between topics. It gives your paper a sense of cohesion to place your body paragraphs in the same order in which they’re presented in your introduction. Consider how you will organize the paragraphs. Will you discuss each technique—every instance of ethos, then every instance of pathos, and finally every instance of logos—then end with a discussion of the overall effectiveness? Or will you review the essay in terms of the least effective technique to the most effective? Or will you use a chronological order, discussing each technique as it occurs sequentially? For the Nacirema paper, for example, the first paragraph could focus on the academic tone, the second on diction, and the third on common ground.
Rhetorical essays (like most other essay types) require a formal format. Therefore, to write a good rhetorical essay it is necessary to avoid slang, lingo and jargon. Keep the things succinct and simple. Assure correct grammar and spelling. Make certain that you use consistent writing style throughout the paper. Use referred transitions to move from one thought to another, from one citation to another, from one point of view to another. An excellent rhetorical essay reads smoothly and elegantly; it discusses a hot topic, and provides logical arguments, followed by expert opinions and just a bit of emotion to show the audience that you are hot about the topic.