The RhetoricalTriangle
What is Rhetoric?What is saidWho is saying itWho is listeningWhere / when it is being saidWhy it is being saidHow it...
What is the Rhetorical           Triangle?Shows the relationship between speaker, audience, message, style, purpose, tone...
The Rhetorical Triangle          Message  Tone                 Style           PurposeSpeaker              Audience
The Author / SpeakerGender / racial / geographical orientation of authorAuthor Bias / hidden agendaOther important biog...
The AudienceAre they friend or foe? (hostile or sympathetic)How will they receive the message?How will they affect tone...
The MessageWhat is the main point being made? In other words, what is the writer’s / speaker’s thesis?Look at the messag...
The ToneWhat is the author’s attitude about his / her subject / message?What words in the message let you know the tone?...
The StyleWhat strategies does the author employ in order to get his / her message across?These strategies may include: e...
The Rhetorical PurposeUnder what circumstances is the author addressing his/her audience?In other words, what is going o...
SummaryRemember – it is not one of these elements of the rhetorical triangle that can be used to analyze a text; it is th...
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  1. 1. The RhetoricalTriangle
  2. 2. What is Rhetoric?What is saidWho is saying itWho is listeningWhere / when it is being saidWhy it is being saidHow it is being said
  3. 3. What is the Rhetorical Triangle?Shows the relationship between speaker, audience, message, style, purpose, toneUnderstanding these rhetorical elements makes both writing and analysis much clearer
  4. 4. The Rhetorical Triangle Message Tone Style PurposeSpeaker Audience
  5. 5. The Author / SpeakerGender / racial / geographical orientation of authorAuthor Bias / hidden agendaOther important biographical information may affect text
  6. 6. The AudienceAre they friend or foe? (hostile or sympathetic)How will they receive the message?How will they affect tone / style?Who is the intentional audience?Who is the unintentional audience?
  7. 7. The MessageWhat is the main point being made? In other words, what is the writer’s / speaker’s thesis?Look at the message as an argument / position being sold to the audience. What is the author trying to convince the audience of?
  8. 8. The ToneWhat is the author’s attitude about his / her subject / message?What words in the message let you know the tone?How does the selection of the tone affect the audience’s reception of the message?
  9. 9. The StyleWhat strategies does the author employ in order to get his / her message across?These strategies may include: ethos, logos, pathos; organization; diction; syntax; figurative language; grammatical structure; selection of details; imagery
  10. 10. The Rhetorical PurposeUnder what circumstances is the author addressing his/her audience?In other words, what is going on in the world at the time this text was composed, and how do those events affect the text?
  11. 11. SummaryRemember – it is not one of these elements of the rhetorical triangle that can be used to analyze a text; it is the relationships between these rhetorical elements that composes the meaning we get from a text!True analysis is not only the what, but also the why and the how!
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