Five Characteristics and a Definition


Five characteristics of rhetoric

Stoner and Perkins (chap 1) list five characteristics of rhetoric - five characteristics that are not so much a litmus test for deciding whether a text is rhetorical but that provide a way of reading messages as rhetorical.

And a definition of rhetoric

The art and science of creating and analyzing "messages that rely on verbal and nonverbal symbols that more or less intentionally influence social attitudes, values, beliefs, and actions." (Stoner and Perkins, 6)

A definition of critique

the process of coming to understand how a message works in relation to those who encounter it (S&P 13)

and critical stance

In taking a critical stance, a person consciously looks at a message from a more emotionally distant, broader, and theoretically informed point of view, rather than from the position of the rhetor or the audience members. (S&P 15)

and an exercise
WhatMakesThisRhetorical



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