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Consolatory Rhetoric explores Greco-Roman funeral rites to bare how opposing symbols functioned rhetorically to convenience old groups. whereas the majority of rhetorical feedback translates written texts, Donovan Ochs broadens the conventional concentration to think about non-verbal symbols in addition to motion and item languages. Ochs demonstrates that non-discursive dimensions of Greco-Roman burial rites held a spot of specific persuasive importance in consoling the population, and he attributes funeral customs practiced in modern Western civilization to the legacy of the traditional Greeks and Romans.

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In each of these and other rhetorical forms, an audience is invited to collaborate and, by collaborating, offer acceptance. Burke makes the point well. At least we know that many purely formal patterns can readily awaken an attitude of collaborative expectancy in us. ). Once you grasp the trend of the form, it invites participation regardless of the subject matter.  . 37 Quite obviously, the form of the symbolic behaviors used in funeral rituals adds much to the rhetorical effort. As a persuasive Page 15 undertaking such rituals depend, for the degree of success they attempt to bring about, on the form of opposition both in the verbal and other-than-verbal symbols.

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1971). 5. John Waite Bowers and Donovan J. , 1971), 2. 6. The Prospect of Rhetoric, 225. Italics, my own. 7. The Prospect of Rhetoric, 95. Page 18 8. Kenneth Burke, Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method (Berkeley, CA: The University of California Press, 1966). Also Sonja K. Foss, Karen A. , 1985), ch. 7. 9. George A. Kennedy, "A Hoot in the Dark: The Evolution of General Rhetoric," Philosophy and Rhetoric 25 (1992):2. 10. Kennedy, "A Hoot in the Dark," 4. 11. Kennedy, "A Hoot in the Dark," 20.

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