Short Paper #2 - Gary Salomon English 1 Professor Di Leo...

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Gary Salomon English 1 Professor Di Leo July 11, 2011 Short Paper 2 In the article “Rhetorical Situations and Their Constituents,” Keith Grant-Davie lists and defines four constituents of a rhetorical situation, but none of which are more important than the audience. Grant- Davie uses the definitions and explanations of former scholars to broaden and elaborate his renewed version of the audience. Grant-Davie defines the audience as “a homogenous body of people who have stable characteristics and are assembled in the rhetor’s presence” (Grant-Davie 117). With this in mind, the audience includes everyone who comes in contact with the discourse, whether they are the targeted group or not. For this reason, the audience plays the most influential role when forming a rhetorical situation. It is the objective of the rhetor to design an argument that will connect with the audience; however, when the discourse is written on paper, there are no limitations on who might read the argument.
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