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When we ask about somebody's motivation, we are asking about the reasons behind their behaviour. In the context of a university essay, every aspect of your behaviour as a writer should be directed towards some purpose, and if you don't make this clear through structure and your design for a reader, then your reader will be puzzled about the motivation of what you've written.

Motivation for any aspect of your argument is established by conveying your mental picture of the topic and your sense of the rhetorical situation. Readers will quickly forget this overall context, however, so motivation will constantly need to be reestablished by the use of cues.