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Understanding Writing:The Rhetorical Situation   Brought to you by the Purdue   University Online Writing Lab
What is a Rhetorical Situation?– Rhetoric: Using language effectively to  persuade, inform, educate, or entertain– Rhetori...
The Rhetorical Situation
The Writer• Your culture, personal characteristics and  interests affect what you write about and  how you write it.
Writer: Factors which can affect      your writing include:      •   Your age      •   Your experiences      •   Your gend...
Purpose: Your Reason For Writing
Genre• Category or type of writing• Genres hinge upon purpose and the  needs/expectations of the projected  audience.• Exa...
Audience: To Whom are you Writing?• Many of the same factors  which affect the writer also  affect the audience   – Age   ...
Topic: What you will write about• May be broadened or narrowed  depending on the length of your writing  and your interest...
Context• The “situation” which generates the need  for writing• Affected by the  – Time period or timing  – Location  – Cu...
Rhetorical Situation             •   Writer             •   Purpose             •   Audience             •   Topic        ...
What this means…• You need to be aware that a rhetorical  situation exists every time you write.• You need to adapt your w...
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  1. 1. Understanding Writing:The Rhetorical Situation Brought to you by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
  2. 2. What is a Rhetorical Situation?– Rhetoric: Using language effectively to persuade, inform, educate, or entertain– Rhetorical Situation: The circumstances in which you communicate.
  3. 3. The Rhetorical Situation
  4. 4. The Writer• Your culture, personal characteristics and interests affect what you write about and how you write it.
  5. 5. Writer: Factors which can affect your writing include: • Your age • Your experiences • Your gender • Your location • Your political beliefs • Your parents and peers • Your education
  6. 6. Purpose: Your Reason For Writing
  7. 7. Genre• Category or type of writing• Genres hinge upon purpose and the needs/expectations of the projected audience.• Examples: fiction, autobiographical story, news article, review, letter to the editor/editorial, rhetorical analysis, criticism, persuasive essay
  8. 8. Audience: To Whom are you Writing?• Many of the same factors which affect the writer also affect the audience – Age – Social class – Education – Past experience – Culture/subculture – Expectations
  9. 9. Topic: What you will write about• May be broadened or narrowed depending on the length of your writing and your interest• Topics should be appropriate to the rhetorical situation you are in
  10. 10. Context• The “situation” which generates the need for writing• Affected by the – Time period or timing – Location – Current events – Cultural significance
  11. 11. Rhetorical Situation • Writer • Purpose • Audience • Topic • Context • Culture
  12. 12. What this means…• You need to be aware that a rhetorical situation exists every time you write.• You need to adapt your writing depending on your purpose and your audience.
  13. 13. The End
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