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The standard acronym used in AP Language to remind the would be rhetorician to consider the most essential points before analyzing style and engaging in persuasive acts.

Siggy Abuel

on 30 September 2012

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Transcript of SOAPSTONE

S O N E SOAPSTONE Rhetorical Triangle Ethos Pathos Logos Note: Purpose and Message aren't always the same, so this isn't completely accurate! is an acronym that reminds the rhetorician what to consider before acting or judging text, argument, style, etc. Speaker Who is doing the persuading?
What do they ultimately want?
Why should anyone listen to them? "I have loved you for so long, and I want to share my life with you..." Occasion It's a marriage proposal! Duh! Audience Who is the message directed towards? How are they supposed to react to the message? What do they value? How do they feel? What do they need? Purpose What does the speaker want the audience to think, feel, understand, or do? What is the end goal of the persuasive act? "GET HER TO SAY YES AND MARRY ME!" Surprised!
Loves the Speaker! Supposed to say "Yes!"
Wants to get married!
A Little Scared! ubject/Topic Love
Relationships What abstract concepts are involved in this?
What are the connotations?
How are these topics normally received?
How are these ideas normally enacted?
What are the bigger categories that this falls under? TONE How is the message being conveyed by the speaker?
Is the way that it is being stated appropriate for the audience and/or occasion?
How is the tone affecting the reception, the audience, or the speaker? rganization Modes? Chronology? Dispositio? Shifts in: Tense, Tone, Topic, Position... Patterns? AA arrative Is this part of a larger story? Is this the climax, the end, the beginning? Who is being cast as the hero? The villain? vidence/Examples What is being used to support the message? How will these help achieve the purpose? How do these tie the occasion to other stories, occasions, instances? What is the intended effect of such "yoking?" Always perform SOAPSTONE after you read any text. Soon it will become automatic. This is the foundation of style analysis and useful for argumentation. What exactly is going on?
What is making the speaker act/speak?
What is the time and place? High-five for learning, camels!
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