Rhetorical Analysis of 10,000 Rule

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Malcolm Gladwell describes a sure fire way to become an expert in any subject in chapter two of Outliers. He explains that in order to be successful you must work for ten thousand hours. Gladwell is a non-fiction writer who collects research data and interprets it as guidelines to being successful. In the book Outliers he examines dozens of successful people and analyzes their rise to fame and success. His purpose is to identify misconceptions about how to be successful and to praise outliers for beating the odds. His work teaches us how outliers rise against the odds and how to identify their extraordinary luck, opportunity and hard work. His writing enlightens the average reader on how a successful person rose to the occasion and the different factors in their lives that helped them do so. The intended audience is anyone interested in discovering just how much work it has taken in the past to be the best of the best and how to apply oneself. In chapter two of Outliers Gladwell leads us through the lives of computer programmer Bill Joy, world-class violinists, musical genius Amadeus Mozart, chess grandmasters of the twenty first century, internationally popular UK pop band “The Beatles,” and computer genius and former richest man in the world, Bill Gates. Gladwell’s attempt to persuade readers of the ten thousand hour rule is successful because of his use of exemplum, logos and rhetorical question. Gladwell narrates along biographical sections in the chapter and leads you through the lives of his “successful” subjects. He explains a cause of success and the effect it has on the outliers and their lives. He effectively asks rhetorical questions to spark readers’ interest in a phenomenon and then he explains the phenomenon using r... ... middle of paper ... ...ders who want to master a certain subject area. The text is easy to read and understand and is very applicable to the average reader. The ten thousand hour rule is presently true and will be applicable far into the future for those who are willing to work hard for their success. The way Gladwell presents his subjects of success efficiently shows us how these people rose to fame and the similarities they share. Gladwell’s repetition of explanation of successful people shows us how all of these people are linked together and how simple it is to be linked with them as well. Gladwell successfully persuaded readers to understand the importance of the ten thousand hour rule through his style of writing and rhetorical devices. Works Cited Gladwell, Malcolm. "10,000 Hours Rule." Outliers: The Story of Success. New York: Little, Brown and, 2008. N. pag. Print.

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