It's often difficult for students to get their heads around how powerful even the basic insights of rhetoric can be. Learning to think of the various facets of the rhetorical triangle--the author/audience/message--and how it can be used in a real world situation often helps.
I'd like you to spend some time thinking of the rhetoric of dating, and participate in a discussion of the subject via comments to this post. Comments are an odd rhetorical genre, and they lend them selves to short entries in which the various authors offer specific insight into the topic of a post or to the thoughts offered by others. The purpose for everyone in the comments is to gain or provide useful information and insights into the subject of the original post.
Let me help you get started.
If we think about rhetoric at all we're used to thinking about the rhetorical situation as static and too often from the author's viewpoint. Many of the most valuable insights of rhetoric, however, come from seeing how the roles of author/audience shift, how each achieves their rhetorical purposes, and how different kinds (genres) of texts are constructed in a dynamic, real world situation.
If you've never thought about the rhetoric of dating, it's a fun topic. To get started, ask your self the basic questions surrounding dating and rhetoric:
What are the purposes each party hopes to achieve?
What kinds of texts do the different parties construct to achieve their purpose?
How do the three appeals of logos, pathos, and ethos work in these texts?
How do the two authors learn about their audience?
What are the needs of the two parties as audience?
What interpretative rubrics do the parties use to get a handle on the other party as author/person?
Think for a moment of the various genres (kinds of repeating interactions which hold common expectations) which govern dating.
There's the first date. There's the first kiss. There's the car. There's dress. There's deciding on topics of conversations at various points in dating relationship. There's the second date and the third. There's the breakup. There's introducing the date to one's friends or to the ex. There's the problem of intimacy. The list goes on.
Think of how you develop ethos with your date. Think of how you use logos and pathos to make yourself appealing. Think of the various opportunities to loose ethos. Think of how you develop identification with your audience. Think of all of these as they apply to the genres of dating.
I think this is enough to get you started. As always...