Does Burke’s concept of identification play a role?

SPC 3230 Context, Story, Display Paper

For this paper, you will need to rely extensively on your text. I suggest you read it carefully. For further insight, you can look into the following authors and their respective contributions to the study of rhetoric (as highlighted in the chapter):

•Kenneth Burke……………… Rhetoric as Symbolic Action •Lloyd Bitzer………………………… Rhetoric as Situational •Mikhail Bakhtin and Wayne Booth…. Rhetoric as Narration

•Carole Blair and Lester Olson………… Rhetoric as Display

Choose a narrative:




•Short story •Play


Recalling the functions of rhetoric, discuss how rhetoric functions in the narrative. Here are

some questions you may want to consider in your analysis:

•Did the creator (i.e. author) of the narrative have an intent other than to entertain?

•Did the choice of narrative “type” (i.e. a poem vs. a movie) play a role in the function of

rhetoric in the narrative?

•Is the narrative used to “bring together individuals separated from one another by alienation

and competition” (p. 210)?

•Does Burke’s concept of identification play a role?

•Is there extensive use of symbolism in the narrative?

•Can the narrative be analyzed in terms of Burke’s dramatistic pentad?

•Is there form (i.e. syllogistic, qualitative, conventional) in the narrative?

•How did the situation (per Bitzer) play a role in the rhetoric of the narrative? Consider

exigence, audience, contstraints, response.

•What role does language (per Bakhtin) play in the rhetoric of the narrative?

•Is the creator’s (i.e. author’s) voice (per Bakhtin and Booth) evident in the narrative?

•What role do images (“The Rhetoric of Display”) have in the rhetoric of the narrative?

Not that these questions are not meant to be answered in your paper. They are rhetorical!…meant to make you think on the topic.

Please be sure to draw on direct examples from the narrative in support of your points.

Format Guidelines

Your essay must be 4-5 pages of text, using the following format guidelines:

•12-point type size •Double line spacing •One-inch margins

If you use any secondary sources for your essay, they must be documented using correct in-text citations and a properly formatted APA References or MLA Works Cited list. Submit this paper to Dropbox link within blackboard. You will be graded on content and how well you understand the course material, reasoning and how well you synthesize material, as well as grammar and mechanics.

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