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Aristotle's 5 Canons of Rhetoric - Invention

This presentation outlines the strategies of Invention for use in both writing and analysis of text.

Alexa Bastelica

on 24 September 2013

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Transcript of Aristotle's 5 Canons of Rhetoric - Invention

of Aristotle's 5 Canons of Rhetoric

Act - what happened?
Scene - where/when did it happen?
Agent - who did it?
Agency - how was it done?
Purpose - why was it done?
Strategy II: Burke's Pentad
Common topics:
Comparison & contrast
Relationships (i.e. cause & effect)
Strategy IV: The Topics
Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
Strategy I: Journalist's Questions
Arguments are built on syllogisms:
Major premise
Minor premise
In an enthymeme, the major premise is unstated
Strategy III: The Enthymeme
When writing: to generate clear, forceful, convincing and emotionally appealing text.
When reading: to identify strategies and structures used by a writer.
Why implement invention strategies?
From the Latin "invenire" meaning, "to find"
Readers: take inventory, find and analyze what a writer does or includes in a work
Writers: take inventory of experiences, ideas, reading background and observations to write about
What is invention?
Systematic Strategies
Intuitive strategies
Two fundamental kinds of invention...
Using the points of the pentad, readers and writers can create relationships and more meaningful statements than by simply answering the journalist's questions.
Thinking about a topic from the organized perspective of the enthymeme allows the reader to focus on the structure of an argument and a writer to develop a careful argument
Provides readers with useful devices for clearly understanding what they are reading;
readers can annotate text by asking/answering these questions. Providers writers with useful tools to generate content about which to write.
These topics are strategies for presenting ideas. The common topics are strategies already familiar to many of us; circumstances are more complex but useful to generate material for composition that is likely to be accepted by the audience.
Intuitive strategies include...
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