Definition and Elements of Aristotelian Analysis

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Aristotelian Analysis Definition Aristotelian analysis, also known as neo-classical, neo-Aristotelian, or traditional rhetorical analysis, focuses on the following question: “How successful—or not—is the rhetor in persuading her or his audience?” Because this lens primarily focuses on the relationship between the rhetor and audience, it examines how the rhetor constructs her- or himself for a particular audience through the appeals of logos (logic), ethos (credibility), and pathos (emotions). Begin this type of analysis by breaking the text down into the various aspects of its “rhetorical situation”: rhetor, audience, subject, purpose, and context (see definitions below). Then focus on the ways that the relationships between the rhetor and the audience are affected by subject, purpose, and context. Then consider the various strategies the rhetor uses to appeal to the audience and evaluate their effectiveness in terms of the rhetorical situation.
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