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Burke’s Pentad (Dramatism). Kenneth Burke developed a critical technique called dramatism1. The foundation of dramatism is the concept of motive: the. Kenneth Burke’s dramatistic approach in speech criticism “Burke’s perspective on perspectives: Grounding dramatism in the representative. Kenneth Burke’s Dramatism. Life is drama; playing roles in relation to other people. Interest in the interaction of language and action. Symbolic.

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Republicans burkr democrats do this all the time when political events occur. Motions are behaviors that are non-purposeful and non-meaningful. It reveals the nuances and kebneth of language as symbolic action, which in turn, opens up our perspective. Thus, rhetoric kennsth a study of how symbols organize human understanding, sociality, and action.

Any complete statement about motives will offer some kind of answers to the five questions above. Interface of political opportunism and Islamic extremism in Bangladesh: Sociometry, 21 1 Each and every one of us has different temperaments, talents, and convictions, which persuade us to understand things slightly differently.

David Ling used the pentad elements to evaluate Senator Edward Kennedy’s speech in to persuade the audiences to see him as a victim of his family curse instead of the one who should be responsible for an accident which caused death of a woman.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

Burke is the first and the primary theorist in this cluster, but the others are important to know. And the big paperback book. This theory dramwtism fits the standard functions of theories.


How we change what others think, feel, believe and do. His most noted theory, in which I will be discussing throughout this paper, is that of dramatism.

Current Research in Social Psychology, 6 8 For example, by analyzing public address, scholars examine why a speaker selects a certain strategy to identify with audience. Conversing with these theorists in the years since, dramatistic scholars have applied the framework of dramatism to questions of ethics, the potential for strengthened human cooperation, the appropriate anecdotes for critical analysis, and the limitations of dramatism’s grounding in a decisively Western view of drama.

Dramatism and the theatrical metaphor. A Comment on “Burke’s Act ” “.

Southern Journal of Communication, 61 1 In fractional scapegoating, the speaker blames a specific group or a specific person for their problems. Category Task Force Discussion. Purpose may be layered and distracting, for example where an apparent good purpose cloaks an underlying selfish motive. Disciplines Techniques Principles Explanations Theories.

The representative anecdote, can be either support or conceptual pivot, and in the case of drama is both support and conceptual pivot. The purpose is the reason that the agent acts, the outcome they are seeking from what they do. To McGee, it is where our ideological history converges with the synchronic construction of ideographic justification in the present.

The politics of victimage:. Whether it is a physical action similar to the above example or even what someone would burkf or think.

Kenneth Burke and Dramatism

The more substance two people share, the greater the identification. After that, is victimage or mortification which purges the guilt.


This includes both physical location and the the contextual situation, occasion, event, time.

Because symbols were given a central place in motivation, the methodological moves of the symbolic interactionists draamtism opened the opportunity to study the clustering of rhetoric in forms, and the practical accomplishment of rhetoric as an invoking of these forms to influence human action. On these three linchpins developed a theory of human motivation as symbolic.

Pre- to Postelection Shifts in Presidential Rhetoric: Sometimes it is obvious and in the open, at other times the agent’s purpose may be covert and hidden. This creates a division within the audience. It may be kennrth simple, single action, such as moving or speaking, or may be more complex and compound. Agency is the technique or method by which the agent achieve their goals. Burke’s Dramatism has been a great contribute to the communication field, which is praised by many researchers in this area.

Symbolic Motivation

Western Journal of Communication, 70 4 Kenneth Burke and the Method of Dramatism. The theory, too, is desirable. Burke also noted how you can understand a story or speech by identifying how pairs interrelate, such as the scene-act ratio of Hamlet.