Rhetoric Definitions

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1. Rhetoric is a form of persuasive speaking or writing with occasionally the use of figures and other compositional techniques. It’s a language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience.
2. “One should eat to live, not live to eat.” - Cicero. This statement is an example of chiasmus.
3. An argument is the persuasion that tries to alter your mood, mind, and willingness to do something. You succeed in an argument when you successfully persuade your audience. Fighting results in a person taking out his/her anger and aggression on another. The main difference between arguing and fighting is that is an argument, you get people to want what you want. In a fight, you fight to win which doesn’t necessarily result in people
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Deliberative rhetoric is the rhetoric of choice because it has to do with choices, and choices “depend on specific circumstances.” (35). It deals with probabilities, not facts or values.
13. Argument by logic, (logos), is a technique that uses your opponents’ logic and win over the audience.
14. Argument by character, (ethos), uses the persuader’s personality, and ability to look trustworthy in order to change opponents mood, mind, or their willingness to do something.
15. Argument by emotion, (pathos), uses genuine emotion to persuade audience.
16. Concession is the most powerful tool of logos because once you concede to your opponents point, you allow yourself to nudge the conversation in the direction that you want without the audience noticing.
17. Decorum is an argument tool, which leaves you with best results when your audiences find you agreeable if you meet their expectations.
18. To demonstrate proper decorum, don’t be your audience, but act like their expectations. Decorum follows the audience’s rules. You can’t be improper and persuasive towards your audience at the same time. By meeting your audience’s expectations, you become much more persuasive. In addition, dressing and talking like your audience are components that make up
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A situation where I would use bragging would probably be when I’m with a group of people who need help with something that I have already experienced and done, however they don’t seem to want to listen. As a result, I would “brag” that I have been in this situation before and gotten out of it. The brief bragging will make my argument more effective, and the group of people would want to follow my suggestions. Character reference is also known as personal reference and I would probably use this argument tool to help a friend out during a class president election. Character reference is a recommendation provided by someone, (in this situation me), who knows your personal life, outside of school, in this case. A tactical flaw is a defect or flaw that is intentionally revealed to show your rhetorical virtue and dedication. An example of using tactical flaw was difficult for me to think of, however a situation that I might use it in, is when I walk far distance and this sudden pain hits my back. That pain is a result from helping my grandfather move all of his heavy boxes from one place to another. That pain that I revealed shows the hard work that I performed. Changing positions or switching sides is used when you know you will lose so you go over to your opponents’ side, and support that other side. I would switch my opinions in a situation where one group of friends are winning an argument, and my “side” is not so much.

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