Get A Rhetoric of Motives PDF

By Kenneth Burke

ISBN-10: 0520015460

ISBN-13: 9780520015463

As critic, Kenneth Burke's preoccupations have been first and foremost only esthetic and literary; yet after Counter-Statement (1931), he started to discriminate a "rhetorical" or persuasive part in literature, and thereupon turned a thinker of language and human conduct.
In A Grammar of Motives (1945) and A Rhetoric of Motives (1950), Burke's notion of "symbolic action" comes into its personal: all human activities--linguisitc or extra-linguistic--are modes of symbolizing; guy is outlined because the symbol-using (and -misusing) animal. The critic's task turns into one of many reading human symbolizing at any place he unearths it, with the purpose of illuminating human motivation. therefore the succeed in of the literary critic now extends to the social and ethical.
A Grammar of Motives is a "methodical meditation" on such complicated linguistic types as performs, tales, poems, theologies, metaphysical structures, political philosophies, constitutions. A Rhetoric of Motives expands the sector to human methods of persuasion and id. Persuasion, as Burke sees it, "ranges from the bluntest quest of virtue, as in revenues advertising or propaganda, via courtship, social etiquette, schooling, and the sermon, to a 'pure' shape that delights within the means of charm for itself by myself, with out ulterior function. And id levels from the flesh presser who, addressing an viewers of farmers, says, 'I was once a farm boy myself,' in the course of the mysteries of social prestige, to the mystic's religious id with the resources of all being."

Show description

Read Online or Download A Rhetoric of Motives PDF

Best rhetoric books

Download PDF by Pamela Rice Hahn: Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours

Provides easy ideas of grammar and sentence development, indicates the right kind use of punctuation, and discusses kind, examine, and modifying.

Get The Narrative Reader PDF

The Narrative Reader goals to supply a entire survey of narrative theories starting from Plato to Post-Structuralism. the choice of texts is daring and extensive, demonstrating the level to which narrative permeates the complete box of literature and tradition. It indicates the ways that narrative crosses disciplines, continents and theoretical views and is a protracted past due and welcome boost to the sphere.

Download PDF by Ian H. Angus, Lenore Langsdorf: The Critical turn: rhetoric and philosophy in postmodern

Taken with criticizing representational theories of data through constructing replacement recommendations of realizing and speaking, Ian Angus and Lenore Langsdorf collect 8 essays which are united by way of a typical topic: the convergence of philosophy and rhetoric. within the first bankruptcy, Angus and Langsdorf illustrate the centrality of serious reasoning to the character of wondering itself, arguing that human inquiry has entered a "new scenario" the place "the convictions and orientations that experience frequently marked the separation of rhetoric and philosophy—the quandary for fact and the point of interest on persuasion—have started to converge on a brand new area that may be outlined in the course of the principal time period discourse.

Extra info for A Rhetoric of Motives

Example text

The appropriate time for such oratory could then be called the present in the sense that the appea1 was directed to the very presence of the words and speaker themselves, not for some ulterior purpose, as with convincing a jury about a past act or moving an assembly to make a decision about the future, but purely because it aimed to give delight in the exercise of eloquence as such. We can see the appeal of subject matter merging with the appeal of diction in and for itself when Cicero selected toil and personal danger as good themes for panegyric on the ground that they get the readiest reception, since they offer "the richest opportunities for praise" and can be discussed "most ornately" (ornatissime).

Formally, you will find yourself swinging along with the succession o£ antitheses, even though you may not agree with the proposition that is being presented in this form. Or it may even be an opponent's proposition which you resent-yet for the duration of the statement itself you might "help him out" to the extent of yielding to the formal development, surrendering to its symmetry as such. Of course, the more violent your original resistance to the proposition, the weaker will be your degree of "surrender" by "collaborating" with the form.

Of al1 rhetorical devices, the most thoroughgoing is amplification (Greek, auxesis). It seems to cover a wide range of meanings, since one can amplify by extension, by intensification, and by dignification. The last two kinds have an opposite: diminution (meiosis). But as extension, expatiation, the saying of something in various ways until it increases in persuasiveness by the sheer accumulation, amplification can come to name a purely poetic process of development, such systematic exploitation of a theme as we find in lyrics built about a refrain.

Download PDF sample

A Rhetoric of Motives by Kenneth Burke


by Jason
4.3

Rated 4.42 of 5 – based on 20 votes