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COMM3300- 2nd questions - Rhetorical Foundations Fall 2008...

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Rhetorical Foundations Fall 2008 Simonson Reading Questions 2: Rhetoric Before Aristotle (Kennedy); The Five Canons of Rhetoric (Silva Rhetoricae) Directions : Carefully read the excerpts I’ve copied from George Kennedy on the Greek origins of rhetoric, as well as the entries on the five canons of rhetoric on the very useful Silva Rhetoricae website ( http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/silva.htm ), and type up answers to the following questions, and bring them to class with you on Tuesday, being prepared for to discuss them with the group. 1. How does Kennedy define rhetoric? Kennedy defines rhetoric as being an art of communicating and is a continuous exposition. The impression of character is conveyed by the speaker and the emotions are awakened in the audience which contributes to persuasion. Rhetoric builds its argument on commonly held opinions and deals with the probable and not scientific certainty. It also deals with specific judgments’ instead of general issues, and to be very good at rhetoric one is not only trying to persuade but sees all the available means of persuasion in each case.
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