Jacob Homier

Semester of Creation


Submission Type


Professor Name

Dr. Brandi Bradley

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Course Title

Composition I

Description of Work

The Soulsborne genre is known in the video game community for its hard boss fights and unforgiving challenges. This draws in many players looking for a challenge and to feel accomplishment for beating notoriously difficult games. This has led to an entire genre forming around these games and those trying to emulate them. But what is so enticing about these communities? Why have they formed around these games, and what type of rhetoric and tones are being used? The best place to start is by looking at one of the games of this genre, Dark Souls 3.

Description of Assignment

“The Genres of Your Home Rhetorical Analysis”: The purpose of rhetoric is to communicate a message. Students were asked to consider how they navigated in their community: where they went and what messages they absorbed? What genre was most common in their day-to-day moving throughout the world: Signs, Social Media Posts, TikTok Videos, Songs, Texts, Phone Calls, Emails, etc. They were asked to narrow that genre to a more specific category of genre: For example: Not just TikTok videos, but CleanTok videos. They were asked to pick something they encountered daily instead of what they actively sought. The goal was for students to observe something outside of their room or their phone.



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