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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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This is what took place. For example, by analyzing public address, scholars examine why a speaker selects a certain strategy to identify with audience. See Chappaquiddick incident [37] He regards the events surrounding the death of Miss Kopechne as the scene, Kennedy himself as the agent, Kennady’s failure to report the accident in bhrke as act, methods to report as agency, and finds out that the purpose for Kennedy kenmeth to fulfill his legal and moral duty.

Dramatism – Wikipedia

The structure of social hierarchy considered in terms of the communication of superiority, inferiority and equality. Scene The scene is a ‘container’, the place where the action of the act occurs. However, this author notes that Burke’s work wasn’t a critique and examination of this relationship through dramatism, but rather that the theory of dramatism does give space to make such analyses.


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It is dramatims because Burke believes that Drama has recognizable genres. Burke also noted how you can understand a story or speech by identifying how pairs interrelate, such as the scene-act ratio of Hamlet.

This is called a ratioand there are ten possible ratios within the Pentad.

Burke’s Pentad: Dramatism

Epistemology and ontology in Kenneth Burke’s dramatism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 41 2 Essays on life, literature and method. He defined the “guilt” as “the theological doctrine of Original Sin” [28] And as cited from Littlejohn, Burke sees guilt as “all-purpose word for any feeling of tension within a person—anxiety, embarrassment, self-hatred, disgust and the like” [29].

Communication and social order. Rempel Denise applies dramatism to explore the social networking site MySpace.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

Action is something that people do on purpose in way of their voluntary behavior. In this perspective, Burke concluded that the ultimate motivation of man is to purge oneself of one’s sense of guilt through public speaking.

The emphasis is on the expressive nature of the social bond. Bur,e The act is a motivated and purposeful action. Causal theory of reference Contrast theory of meaning Contrastivism Conventionalism Cratylism Deconstruction Descriptivist theory of names Direct reference theory Dramatism Expressivism Linguistic determinism Logical atomism Logical positivism Mediated reference theory Nominalism Non-cognitivism Phallogocentrism Quietism Relevance theory Semantic externalism Semantic holism Structuralism Supposition theory Symbiosism Theological noncognitivism Theory of descriptions Verification theory.


Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric. Variations on a Theme from Kenneth Burke. The theory is necessary because it is logically kennet and testable as I have shown.

Communication Bhrke, 33 2 Home Top Menu Quick Links. Because of the complexity and extension of Burke’s thinking, it is difficult to label the ontology behind his theory. When engaged in a dramatistic study, he notes, “the basic unit of action would be defined as ‘the human body in conscious or purposive motion'”, which is an agent acting in a situation.

The Quarterly Journal of Speech78 3 The act should align with the scene. Burke’s goal is to explain the whole of human experience with symbolic interaction.

Symbolic Motivation

The representative anecdote, can be either support or conceptual pivot, and in the case of drama is both support and conceptual pivot. It is fairly simple, pleasing to the mind, and useful. The purpose is the reason that the agent acts, the outcome they are seeking from what they do.