One of my favorite rhetorical theorists, Kenneth Burke has done wonders for communication. As I said earlier, one of Burke’s most noted theories is dramatism. Dramatism is a metaphor introduced by 20th-century rhetorician Kenneth Burke to describe his critical method. Dramatism. 1. Dramatism; 2. Introduced by rhetorician Kenneth Burke, made its way into the field of communication in the early ‘s.

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The Social Coordination of. Theories of Human Communication: University of California Pr. The purpose of the act would be to seek revenge on his girlfriend or soon to be ex-girlfriend. According to West, [7] there are three basic reasons that drama is a useful metaphor to the idea of Dramatism.

Burke’s Pentad: Dramatism

U of South Carolina P. Dennis Brissett and Charles Edgley examine the utility of dramatism on different levels, which can be categorized as the following dimensions: Disciplines Techniques Principles Explanations Theories.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But there are indeed a lot of critiques on the work too. Landmark Essays on Kenneth Burke Vol.

Rempel Denise applies dramatism to explore the social networking site MySpace. It is fairly simple, pleasing to the kennetn, and useful.


University of California Press. Sometimes it is obvious and in the open, at other times the agent’s purpose may be covert and hidden.

Burke himself discuses his feeling about the pentad in his book, The Philosophy of Literary Form cramatism Humans are symbol-using animals, inventors of the negative, separated from natural conditions by instruments of their own making, goaded by a spirit of hierarchy, and rotten with perfection.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

Index of language articles. Burke staunchly argued that his theory of dramatism is a literal theory, understanding reality as a literal stage with actors and enactment. Scholars try to provide a way of understanding how the various identities which comprise the self are constructed. The pollution is the guilt or sin. According to Littlejohnanyone who is writing about communication today, in some way is restating something that Burke had already created.

It is used in a variety dramatlsm fields. To understand people’s movement and intentions, the theorist sets up the Five Dramatistic Pentad strategy for viewing life, not as life itself, [5] by comparing each social unit involved in human activities as five elements of drama — act, scene, agent, agency, and purpose, [6] to answer the empirical question of how ubrke explain their actions, [2] and to find the ultimate motivations of human activities.

To further analyze dramatis, theory we must use check the criteria when evaluating theories. David Ling used the pentad elements to evaluate Senator Edward Kennedy’s speech in to persuade the audiences to see him as a victim of his family curse instead of the one who should be responsible for an accident which caused death of a woman.


A pentadic analysis of senator Edward Kennedy’s address to the people of Massachusetts. 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]. A grammar of motives. Epistemology and ontology in Kenneth Burke’s dramatism.

Burke’s cycle refers to the process of feeling guilt and attempting to reduce it, which follows a predictable pattern: This may be a sequence of acts encompassed by an idea or principle.

According to Burke, the act is basically what took place. Saying no to the existing order is both a function of our language abilities and evidence of humans as choice makers.

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