Reading Response: Grant-Davie’s “Rhetorical Situations and their Constituents”

1) Rhetoric is one of those big, confusing abstract words–like freedom, happiness, and love–for which, if you asked 100 people what it means, you might get 100 different defintions. How would you define rhetoric? How would you define a rhetorical situation?

2) What are Grant-Davie’s four constituents, or parts, in any given rhetorical situation? Briefly describe each one. Then consider if he’s forgetting any important constituents. How does Grant-Davie’s conception of a rhetorical situation differ from our textbook’s conception of one? Would you add any more elements to your own conception of a rhetorical situation?

3) How can analyzing a rhetorical situation help you, as a writer, invent?


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