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SPC 3230 Context, Story, Display Paper


SPC 3230 Context, Story, Display Paper
For this paper, you will need to rely extensively on your text.I suggest you read it carefully.For further insight, you can look into the following authors and their respective contributions to the
study of rhetoric (as highlighted in the chapter):
Kenneth Burke………………Rhetoric as Symbolic Action
Lloyd Bitzer…………………………Rhetoric as Situational
Mikhail Bakhtin and Wayne Booth…. Rhetoric as Narration
Carole Blair and Lester Olson………… Rhetoric as Display

Choose a narrative:
Short story
Recalling the functions of rhetoric, discuss how rhetoric functions in the narrative
.Here are some questions you may
want to consider in your 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, contstraints,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?

Not that these questions are not meant to be answered in your paper.They are rhetorical!…meant to make you think on the topic. Please be sure to draw on direct examples from the narrative
in support of your points.

Format Guidelines
Your essay must be 4-5 pages of text, using the following format
12-point type size
Double line spacing
One-inch margins

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