Monday, December 27, 2010


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  1. "Rhetoric is the art of speaking well."

    Although there were many definitions I liked of "rhetoric," this one stood out to me because of its simplicity. There can be so many different definitions of rhetoric, and if it had to be summed up into one, although very vague, this one works. I also enjoyed:

    "Rhetoric is the study of effective speaking and writing. And the art of persuasion. And many other things."

    I liked this one for a similar reason. It's simple, yet complex. The "and many other things" at the end makes it seem like there should be one single diluted definiton that covers all aspects of what rhetoric is, but that it really can't be easily defined. It's a lot of different things that are hard to put into a simple one or two sentence definition.

  2. Ariana Tarpinian

    George Kennedy: "A Hoot in the Dark" (1992)

    "Rhetoric in the most general sense may perhaps be identified with the energy inherent in communication: the emotional energy that impels the speaker to speak, the physical energy expanded in the utterance, the energy level coded in the message, and the energy experienced by the recipient in decoding the message."

    I chose this quote because in my opinion it is saying that rhetoric has a lot to do with the person speaking. That an individuals thoughts are obviously based on their emotions and that what they are saying is based on that. I think, what I am trying to say is that I liked this because it involved the person speaking and not just what they said.