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ERIC Number: ED091792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 15
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Rhetorical Strategy: A Dramatistic Interpretation.
Cragan, John F.
The focus of the dramatistic approach as a method of rhetorical criticism is the message rather than the speaker, audience, or situation. Using the approach developed by Ernest Bormann, the rhetorical critic examines man's symbolic reality and reacts to it by looking for strategies that are inherent in certain dramas. Conspiracy dramas are popular in America and provide a means for explaining the method. In analyzing a rhetorical vision that has a conspiracy plot line, the one predictable character in the drama is the super-hero. The conspiracy drama employs three predictable modes of action for the super-hero: to piece together the conspiracy, to uncover the secret plans of the villain, and to punish the conspirators. (This method of rhetorical criticism is applied to the Indian movement of the 1960s, which failed to gather the attention gained by other movements during the same time period.) (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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