Miranda's Rhetorical Situation Analysis

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How does a play about a bastard, orphan, son of a whore go on and on grow into more of a phenomenon? Lin Manuel Miranda changed Broadway in 2015 with his musical Hamilton. Inspired by a biography by Ron Chernow about the life of Alexander Hamilton, Miranda went to work on what might be the most influential musical of the decade. Miranda, in creating his work, had to work through the constraints, find the exigence, and establish the audience for writing a Broadway musical while also making it original and inimitable. With clever casting and even better syntax, Miranda made the life of Alexander Hamilton more riveting than any textbook ever could.

Lloyd Bitzer’s “The Rhetorical Situation” describes three aspects of creating a rhetorical situation:
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Miranda choose style over facts. From a historical standpoint, Hamilton is anything but accurate. History professor, Lyra Monteiro said, ”It’s an amazing piece of theater, but it concerns me that people are seeing it as a piece of history.” There is a slight disconnect between the musical and the past that historians pick apart attempting to discredit the musical. In “Satisfied”, Angelica said her father has no sons, however, she had 13 siblings. So some historians find fault only with the inaccuracies, but some people just think it's poorly written. Writer Nicholas Pell said, ”I thought it sounded a bit like a University of Iowa freshman—the kind who only listens to "real hip-hop"—attempting his first mixtape.”

Lin Manuel Miranda used clever casting and even better syntax, Miranda made the life of Alexander Hamilton more riveting than any textbook ever could. He identified his audience, exigence, and constraints and told the story of Alexander Hamilton beautifully. His use of words and repeating themes makes the musical a complex work of art. The double meaning behind casting and certain words add a new dimension to the work. No one will forget the forgotten founding father ever

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