Choose a narrative. It can be a novel, movie, poem, short story, or play.
Recalling the functions of rhetoric, discuss how rhetoric functions in the narrative you have chosen.
Below and attached are detailed instructions.
E-book: The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction, 5e by James Herrick.
Functions of rhetoric:
1. Testing ideas
2. Assisting advocacy
3. Distributing power
4. Discovering facts
5. Shaping knowledge
6. Building community
Discussion points/questions to consider during analysis:
Did the creator (i.e. author) of the narrative have an intent other than to entertain?
Did the choice of narrative type (i.e. a poem vs. a movie) play a role in the function of
rhetoric in the narrative?
Is the narrative used to bring together individuals separated from one another by alienation
and competition (p. 210)?
Does Burkes concept of identification play a role?
Is there extensive use of symbolism in the narrative?
Can the narrative be analyzed in terms of Burkes dramatistic pentad?
Is there form (i.e. syllogistic, qualitative, conventional) in the narrative?
How did the situation (per Bitzer) play a role in the rhetoric of the narrative? Consider
exigence, audience, constraints, response.
What role does language (per Bakhtin) play in the rhetoric of the narrative?
Is the creators (i.e. authors) voice (per Bakhtin and Booth) evident in the narrative?
What role do images (The Rhetoric of Display) have in the rhetoric of the narrative?