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A Definition of a Gentleman by John Henry Newman

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Transcript of A Definition of a Gentleman by John Henry Newman

A Definition of a Gentleman by John Henry Newman Summary Analysis Organization Rhetorical Devices Tone Summary History Background Style Usual themes About the Essayist - Feb 1801 - August 1890
- London
- Huguenot family
-Great Ealing School
- Trinity College, Oxford
- Oriel College, Oxford - Mainly religious and spiritual themes
- Ex:
- Tracts for the Times
- Loss and Gains
- Apologia pro Vita Sua - Considered a "master of English prose"
(Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th
ed.)
- Simple and clear
- Very persuasive
- Influential in the religious world
- Many converted as a result of his
religious literature - In the form of a traditional
dictionary definition
- Parallelism (Paired
construction)
- Tricolons
- Semicolons - Simile
- Very simple (not very many
rhetorical devices to distract
from the point of the essay) - Informational
- Clear
- Convincing
- Persuasive
- Does not add personality - Education
- Ex:
- The Idea of a University Religion - An early evangelical Calvinist
- Became an Anglican priest
- Leader of the Oxford Movement
(pushed for the revival of Christian
traditions)
- Converted to Roman Catholicism - Describes everything that a gentleman
should be:
- Doesn't cause harm and only comforts
- Understanding towards others
- Modest
- Just and fair
- Non-judgemental and tolerant
- Spiritual and connected with his
philosophical side - From Discourse VIII of "The Idea of a
University
- Series of lectures on liberal arts education
- Audience of Roman Catholics
- Recently achieved civil rights
- Includes the "Definition of a Gentleman"
in the series
- A man with neither political nor
economic power is included in the
definition Activity Do you agree with Newman's
definition of a gentleman?

What would you add to it?
Not include?
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