Rhetoric: skilled use of language to achieve a certain intention
2) domestic abuse rhetoric – country and western
- Tells a story
- Often uses 3 person of 1 person voice
- MODES OF EXPRESSION:
- -----descriptive ------narrative----expository---------argumentative
- right, more purpose driven (left, less purpose driven)
o Descriptive --- involves the senses
o Narrative – tells a story using a 3 person narrative voice or 1 person
voice – subjectively involved in the action.
What is the value of using the “I” construction? What are it’s
May need to have a point or moral (NOT just storytelling)
Usually related sequentially according to time
o Expository Mode
Reveals, instructs, explains something to reader
Often uses one or more of these strategies:
Comparison / contrast
Division / classification
Cause and effect
Casual analysis vs. Process analysis LWhy vs. how.
Other exposotpry straregies include :
o Example or illustration
- These are used to explan information to instruct the reader.
- Argumentative (persuasive) Mode
o Takes a position and tries to prove its point
o Sometimes tries to persuade audience to change its mind or take action
o Often tries to persuade through evidence, facts, data.
o May also try to persuade through appeal to emotions, or through
character of the author.
- What is GENRE?
- Text – anything that is written – any form of communication whether it is
visual, spoken, or written.
- Litereature: novel, poem, play, short story.
- Text – body of work.
- Situation + form = genre - Accordomg tp go;trpw “language depend upon and responds to the social
and political contexts that produce it. “ (5)
- “language is NEVER innocent”
- personalities are shaped by our social conditions. – the way wwe access
material and use language is also shaped
- anything we srite is also shaped by this.
- - Consider these genres :
o dating ads
o sports writing (eg. In Calgary sun)
o scholarly articles
What type of form characterizes these genres?
How is this type of form appropriate for the intended audience.
- Subject, Audience, Purpose
o Your choice of genre may depend on your subject, audience and