Week Starting 21 September

Argument Analysis Advice


Useful phrases that lend themselves to actual analysis…

  • About the tenor of…

  • This argument is developed through the use of…

  • Through this, the audience is positioned to accept...

  • The idea is supported by...

  • Suggests that historically…

  • This is confirmed by…

  • [Author] characterises this as…

  • Further to this, the suggestion that…

  • The [alarmist, humourist, mocking] nature of his language here is aimed at…

  • Suggests the message that…

  • Supports Wright’s depiction… hence arguing that…

  • The argument here is that…

  • Implies here….

  • Invites his audience…

  • Ends positioning readers…

  • Both responses grow out of….

  • Author frames…

  • Conjuring an image of…

  • Serves to position…

  • Elevated to the collective [community, national] consciousness...

  • Situated within history and tradition…

  • Metaphorically alluding to…

  • With the implication that…

  • Asserts [the author] as…

  • The author insinuates…

  • Proceeds to form an indictment of…

  • Underlying thread of the argument…

  • Depicting/invoking/portraying/eliciting…

  • This demographic shows…

  • In comparison to…

  • There is a [positive/negative] connotation to…

How to go about Argument Analysis


> Read the background information and form outlining sentence ie ‘The recent [event] has thrust the issue of [what] into the Australian public consciousness, questioning the tenor of [what] in our society today.’


> Find all the logistical information ‘Barack Obama writing for the New York times in an opinion piece entitled ‘Thanks Obama’ (17/6/2018)’


> Find the contention! Read the article and formulate this very well - ‘…argues that the continued blame on social media for the struggles of everyday Americans should not be levelled against himself, but rather the fact that the minimum wage is not a living wage as it stands today.’


> Don’t forget the purpose of the piece – to analyse the arguments that are presented, and how the reader is positioned to accept them.


> Identify the stakeholders and the audience of the piece, and continuously reference them throughout the piece.


> Constantly ask yourself, what effect does this have on the reader? How are we positioned?


> Utilise metalanguage wherever possible to back up how you believe the author is forming their argument.


> Don’t forget to analyse the image/comment/other media for comparison, chuck it into the paragraph where it is consistent with an argument mentioned in the main piece OR provides a perfect counterpoint.


Conclusion – summarise the contentions of the pieces. Recall the complicity of the audience in the issue. ‘Both [author] and [author]’s works grow out of a sense of righteousness when considering the [issue] and advocate for the human factor to be considered. In our times of unrest, it is useful and pertinent to consider how we can contribute to a more lucid understanding of [the issue] where these imperative

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