Rhetorical Essay: Emily Fulgham-Clay

The year is 2068, and you have just been given the incredible opportunity to write a letter to yourself 50 years in the past (in 2018).  Answer the following questions and write an essay of a minimum of 600 words.  Be as descriptive and as detailed as possible, and feel free to write your essay in first person.


  1. What personal goals (marriage, family, home, lifestyle, etc.) have you achieved that you had set 50 years ago?
  2. What professional goals (career, work, community service, etc.) have you achieved that you had set 50 years ago?
  3. What person(s) have you met in your lifetime that have/has changed your life in a positive or negative way?
  4. What choices have you made which have either made your life better or made your life worse?
  5. If you could change one thing about your life in 2068 by altering something in 2018, what would it be?
  6. Are you satisfied with the past 50 years of your life?
  7. If you could give your “2018 self” one piece of advice, what would it be?


The hardest part of this essay is creating plausibility.  In other words, you will need to begin this essay by thinking about your audience—yourself.  You are currently writing from 2068, but you are writing to your 2018 self.  This takes some thought and a keen handle on audience awareness.  If you received the letter—how did you get it?  What has allowed you to get the letter back in time?  What could your 2068 self say that would put your 2018 self into a sense of belief about the possibility of this letter and who it is coming from?  How would you know it was from you and not a hoax?   All of these thoughts need to be addressed in the opening lines and paragraph of your letter.


You can be as realistic or creative as you want to be, but before you turn in your essay/letter, make sure you have considered these pointers:


  1. How did you prove the letter was real and not a hoax?
  2. What advice has your future self given? You will need an overall point to the letter—like a thesis statement—in your introduction that will guide your letter.
  3. What life events have occurred?
  4. Did you use the correct point of view in this composition?
  5. Did you match your composition’s format to the assignment?
  6. Did you maintain proper verb-tense consistency?
  7. Recheck your composition for any errors that you can find.


When you are finished, save your essay in Microsoft WORD.  Make sure your name and the words Rhetorical Essay are in the title of the document.  Then you will submit your completed essay on Canvas.


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