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November 10, 2020
Rhetoric is the art of persuasion. It began nearly 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece when it was used by great philosophers like Aristotle. The word itself is derived from the Greek rhetorike, which means the "art of speech." 🏺 🇬🇷 Thus, rhetoric refers to the study and uses of both the written and spoken word. This critical pillar of communication and argumentation is still in use today and will appear constantly as you make your way through AP Lang. Want some practice? Check out this 🎥 video on Rhetoric Analysis frqs problems and review with this study guide of an Overview of Rhetorical Analysis!
Rhetorical situation is the reason why you write, who you write to, and what you want them to know! It has three main parts:
Following the rhetorical situation are the rhetorical appeals - methods of persuasion used by the speaker or author to convince the audience of their argument. Often, these ethical strategies are formatted into what is known as Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle. 🔺
The three rhetorical appeals are listed below, for more information watch Fiveable's 🎥 video on the Rhetorical Triangle!
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Rhetoric has eight main patterns or strategies:
✏️ These patterns are accompanied by surface features - patterns of development:
Best of luck this year. Once you've mastered rhetoric and its subsequent parts, you will be an AP Lang champ! 🏆
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