And that’s only thinking about you in the composer’s role. What about when you’re in the receiving end, hearing/reading/experiencing things that have been carefully crafted so that you’ll buy into them? A scary of list of rhetorically effective people: politicians, advertisers, super-villains. (You want rhetoric? Just listen to the slimy words of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi or the words Voldemort beams into everyone’s brain in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two.) Studying rhetoric has the uncanny effect of opening your eyes to when people are trying to be all rhetorical on you, wielding their communication skills like an evil weapon.
And here’s the thing: I think rhetoric is the same way. That is, it’s an art that can be practiced effectively by anyone, as long as the rhetor (the person who is communicating rhetorically) is willing to research, take risks, spend time developing the craft, practice with a community and for an audience, and stay true to him/herself.
You don’t hear me though.
Rhetorical Analysis Thesis Tutorial for AP English Language
I am going to disclose now that my ‘academic hat’ was blown right off by this exhibit. I was completely unable to cast an analytical eye towards the display, the rhetorical thesis of the show, or the framework because I was so distracted by the magic and sparkle of 100s of millions of diamonds. But I can’t really say that I’m sorry about it. Some of my favorites from the show include the following: