Introduction to Rhetoric
• Concerns regarding rhetoric:
o Sounds relatively negative.
o Began in Greek/Rome for people to solve dispute, help determine who serves in
o It then changed to a form of speech for people to perform for fun. This was when
Making arguments to better ways of living.
It is a means to avoid violence.
It is a way of democracy.
o Recently we disagree to people as a personality flaw i.e. “you are annoying,
o Rhetoric is to disagree to make better decisions.
o Ways that degrade rhetoric:
Silence is an assumption that someone passively agrees.
People hunt for comfort; not examining different points of views.
Definitions of Rhetoric
• Single definition perspective: (has four components) bryint 1953
1. Rhetoric is an instrumental study: used as a tool to understanding communication.
2. Rhetoric is a litera