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Rhet, What? What is Rhetoric?

Rhet, What? What is Rhetoric?

Author: Brandi Redick
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Rhetoric is NOT Bad

For some odd reason many people have the notion that RHETORIC is negative or just a fancy of way of saying an idea or concept.  You hear the phrase well it's all just "rhetoric".   Or you think of.... 

 

 

Which gives some of us...

In actuality Rhetoric is very similar to literary theory.  It is examining the a piece, be it a photo or written in its context.  Nonetheless it does force you think and analyze, but hopefully no headaches. 

Rhetoric and Teaching the Art of Persuasion

Teaching Students how to speak or write for an audience involves teaching them about Rhetoric

 

All three parts of the triangle are needed when deciding on the message you want to send out to the choosen audience. 

 

Who is your crowd?

 

 

What message do you want your crowd to receive from your speech, essay, or photo?

If your text is presented with power and evidence your audience is more likely to be persuaded! 

The author isn't a puppet, he/she has a history.  A history that is reflected in all things they are involved in  because we are not a 

NEXT TIME YOU SIT DOWN TO WRITE AN ESSAY, ARTICLE, OR A SONG...REMEMBER TO THINK OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED POINTS. IT WILL MAKE YOUR WRITING PROCESS LESS STRESSFUL AND MORE MEANINGFUL

 

Rhetoric and Analysis

Applying the Triangle to have a meaningful interpretation

 

One Photo & More than Meets Your Eyes

Several different meanings. How can there be several meanings?

To start off the analysis ask these questions

  • Where is the mural?
  • When was it created?
  • What is audience cultural and historical significance?
  • What is the author's cultural and historical significance? 

YOU CAN"T COME TO A VALID CONCLUSION WITHOUT Answering those a few of those questions

42nd and Vermont on a liquor store wall in south Los Angeles.  In a neighborhood where crime and illegal drug use is high.  Across the street from Manuel Arts Middle School.  

My neighborhood where I am a beautiful pigeon.