Rhetorical Modes

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Rhetorical Modes

  1. 1. Rhetorical Modes Sometimes Referred to as modes of discourse.
  2. 2. Narrative  Intention is to present an event to the readerwhat happened and how it happened.  May be...  Short or long  Factual or imagined  May instruct and inform, or simply divert and amuse.
  3. 3. Descriptive Intention is to make the reader as vividly aware as possible of what the writer has perceived through the senses( or in his or her imagination), to give the “feel” of things described, the quality of direct experience.
  4. 4. Two Purposes Descriptive (cont.) Objective Description: ~ To convey information without bias or emotion Subjective Description: ~ To convey it with feeling
  5. 5. Expository Intention is to explain or expose something. ~ Function is to inform, to instruct, or to set forth ideas.
  6. 6. Expository Can be broken into 5 categories 1. Comparison and Contrast 2. Classification and Division 3. Definition 4. Process 5. Cause and Effect
  7. 7. Argumentative Intention is to make the reader change his or her mind, attitude, point of view or feelings. ~ The terms “Argument” and “Persuasion” often used Interchangeably.
  8. 8. Argumentative Argument -aims to win readers’ agreement with an assertion or claim by engaging their powers of reasoning.
  9. 9. Argumentative Persuasion – aims to influence readers’ action, or their support for an action, by engaging their beliefs and feelings.
  10. 10. Argumentative Persuasion – aims to influence readers’ action, or their support for an action, by engaging their beliefs and feelings.

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