Rhetoric and Thesis-driven essay
In a 3-4 page thesis-driven essay, advance and defend your own
definition and theory of rhetoric. In presenting your theory, address
What is rhetoric? Please provide your own definition of rhetoric.
Choose a metaphor we mentioned in class to explain your
definition/theory of rhetoric (ex. art, magic, love, war, cookery,
conquest). Include the following:
Personally define this metaphor by drawing from your own experience
and examples (ex. what to you is art or love or war?)
Connect your metaphor to your definition of rhetoric. Why would you
choose this metaphor to describe rhetoric? What are the similarities?
What are the differences?
What is the relationship between rhetoric and style based on your definition?
What is the relationship between rhetoric and T/truth based on your definition?
Draw on at least 3 rhetorical theorists as you elaborate on your
definition of rhetoric.
Please note: I already know what the scholars we covered think– I
want to know what you think. Spend more time developing your
perspective on rhetoric rather than summarizing what theorists have