The Rhetorical Situation Student’s Name Course Institution/Affiliation Professor Date Summary of the Chapter and Main Arguments Lloyd Bitzer commences his book by defining a rhetorical situation as a context in which speakers or writers initiate a rhetorical discourse. The existence of a discourse creates a conducive environment for the presence of s rhetorical situation. A rhetorical situation is a complex of several elements that present a potential necessity which can be removed if the discourse within the situation may be a constraint towards making a decision towards making a significant difference in two in a more intrinsic way. List of Thoughtful Questions Historical Use of rhetoric vs the present Have the historical rhetorical situations changed over time and are they still in use? Multiple Situations in one discourse Can one discourse create more than one situation for rhetoric? Link between an argument and situation In case a discourse creates different situations for rhetoric can arguments made in that context be valid? References Top of Form Bitzer L. F. & Pennsylvania State Univ. University Park. (1968). The Rhetorical Situation. Pennsylvania State University Press. Bottom of Form [...]
Read The Rhetorical Situation page 1-14 and write Reading response (1) summarize your understanding of the main theme of the reading, as well as the thinking presented in each of its main sections to support that theme (you should summarize these understandings, in your own words, as generalizations or abstract claims; you should not include full-sentence quotes, nor recite the details or facts used to illustrate the larger claims, at least not at first, when you merely are summarizing the main theme and structure of the argument), (2) discuss at some length, and in your own words, the value, significance, or limits of the main arguments in the reading, and (3) list three probing or thoughtful questions (not just technical uncertainties about the meanings of terms, for example) that a person or community could actively raise in response to the reading, specifically about the art or practices of persuasion in politics. In other words, these should be questions that linger in the mind and can support thoughtful reflection even after you have adequately understood what the article says or suggests. Each of these three components in your response should be presented in its own section, marked by a descriptive heading or title.