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What makes each of the messages below rhetorical?

"Oh Mistress Mine"


5 Charateristics


1. Typically addresses public audiences? Yes. This particular piece is well-known in the literary and show biz world.
2. Is purposeful? In a way, sure. This poem/song is an excerpt from Shakespeare's famous comedy, Twelfth Night. Therefore, its purpose is to progress the plot. The poem may also make its readers (who are in love) to get sentimental and sappy.
3. Responds to and creates more or less obvious social concerns? I don't think so, not really. Although the scene surrounding the poem and how it comes about, may create a social concern (social drinking, carousing, and disrespect).
4. Relies on verbal and nonverbal symbols? Since this is a poem, I'm going to say it relies on the verbal all the way. Here verbal can go even further than just words; it can be attributed to the pace and rhythm of the poem itself. However, this is not one of Shakespeare's famous sonnets; they have 14 lines and this has 12.
5. Shapes the way people think, act, believe, and feel? This poem could very well influence any one of these examples. After all, it is a poem about falling in love and taking the leap.

"The Passionate Shepard to His Love"


- Who is/are the implied rhetor/s? the author, Christopher Marlowe

5 Charateristics


1. Typically addresses public audiences? Yes. It is a published poem that is also famous or well-known.
2. Is purposeful? Sure. It words could be used as an aid to wooing a potential mate.
3. Responds to and creates more or less obvious social concerns? I don't think so. Although, if you read the poem closely, the latter things the suitor promises his love bespeak a modicum of wealth. A Shepard would not have the means to make good on those particular promises.
4. Relies on verbal and nonverbal symbols? Once again, since this is a poem, I'm going to say it relies on the verbal all the way. Verbal also would include the rhythm and pace, also (regular iambic tetrameter).
5. Shapes the way people think, act, believe, and feel? I have the same answer as with the first poem, in that it could very well influence any one of these examples. After all, it is a poem about falling in love and taking the leap.


"Paper Planes"


- Who is/are the implied rhetor/s? M.I.A, musicians, director of the video, and inadvertently, The Clash

5 Charateristics


1. Typically addresses public audiences? Yes. Anyone who listens to music, music critics, radio play
2. Is purposeful? Very. Not only with her lyrics but also with what's going on in the video. It's portraying an immigrants life in America (the shittier side) and their Okay with that.
3. Responds to and creates more or less obvious social concerns? I would say this creates more social concerns. There were a lot of people who were not happy with the sound of gun shots, followed by a ca-ching, during the chorus. It's also easy to misinterpret what exactly her message is. Some (myself included) may think it's a glorification of breaking the law. I changed my opinion after watching "Straight to Hell".
4. Relies on verbal and nonverbal symbols? Yes. The verbal is the lyrics. The non verbal would be the different scenarios in the video of a day in the life of an immigrant in America.
5. Shapes the way people think, act, believe, and feel? Definitely. Immigration is as much a hot topic now (even more so) as it was when this song was put out. Also, some radio stations would bleep out the gun shots when they played her song.


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