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Rhetorical Situation

Discussing author, audience, context, text: the four elements of a rhetorical situation
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Dallin Lewis

on 24 January 2011

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Transcript of Rhetorical Situation

Context Publication/Transmission How is this being shared? Where is it being published?
How does this affect the audience it can reach? Immediate Context Who is the author responding to directly?
Is it part of a special occasion? Historical Context What prompted this rhetorical situation?
What historical trends, activities is this rhetorical situation participating in? Text Purpose Persuasive?
Informative?
Laudatory/reaffirming? Thesis/Primary Claim Rarely explicit
"What is the main thing they want to get across?"
One of the most essential points of analysis, but sometimes the most difficult Arguments You Say it Best When you Say Nothing at All http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/business/economy/05view.html Test Cases: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/opinion/03reich.html?ref=opinion Rhetorical Information What is revealed to the readers?
What is implied? Personal? Financial? Ethical?
Purpose: Hoping to persuade?
Inform? Uplift? Inspire fear?
Who is this person?
What are their credentials?
Motivation: Factual Information
Author Wait, who is the author again? Secondary Audience Primary Audience Is there an implied audience?
Who else might this writing reach?
How might other people respond to this?
Is it an example of "inside" speak, or is it accessible by many? Listeners, readers?
Socioeconomic position; Education level
Similar background?
What values do they share? Audience
Rhetorical Situation
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