Burke’s Pentad (Dramatism). Kenneth Burke developed a critical technique called dramatism1. The foundation of dramatism is the concept of motive: the. Kenneth Burke’s dramatistic approach in speech criticism “Burke’s perspective on perspectives: Grounding dramatism in the representative. Kenneth Burke’s Dramatism. Life is drama; playing roles in relation to other people. Interest in the interaction of language and action. Symbolic.

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This Act is accomplished with the “Sub-Agency” of modern electronic technology, the mass media. It is possible because Burke believes that Drama has recognizable genres. Since our event is divided up it enables us to clarify our interpretations of observations.

All and all, I feel that Burke created an excellent theory that may serve us for the next hundred years. As cited in A Note on Burke on “Motive”, the author recognized the importance of “motive” in Burke’s work.

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burkee However, this author notes that Burke’s work wasn’t a critique and examination of this relationship through dramatism, but rather that the theory of dramatism does give space to make such analyses. Agency is the technique or method by which the agent achieve their goals. Some topics as role taking, role distance are discussed. Motives, such as hatred, envy and love can also act as agents as ‘they’ are the moving force that acts. Beyond the Tyranny of the Real: Any complete statement about motives will offer some kind of answers to the five questions above.



His experience and knowledge in the field of communication makes him one of the most noted of his kind and his works and materials in all of his fields will remain as a mentor for all of us. However, future theorists, specifically Bernard Brock [60] and Herb Simons[61] went on to argue dramatism as metaphorical theory claiming that Burke’s idea that all the world’s a stage is mere a tool of symbolic interaction that signals life as a drama.

Rempel Denise applies dramatism to explore the social networking site MySpace. For example, Anderson and Swainson tried to find the answer of whether rape is motivated by sex or by power. This includes both physical location and the the contextual situation, occasion, event, time.

With these parts separated, it allows us to focus our attention on the important variables. Scene The scene is a ‘container’, the place where the action of the act occurs.

Sociometry, 21 1 Dramatism and the theatrical metaphor.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

Rhetorical Landscapes in America: Quarterly Journal of Speech. The negative comes into play when people see their place in the social order and seek to reject it.

The act is publishing the nude photos on to the internet.

Thus, rhetoric becomes a study of how symbols organize human understanding, sociality, and action. This page was last edited kennrth 18 Decemberat This may be a sequence of acts encompassed by an idea or principle. Agency Agency is the technique or method by which the agent achieve their goals.


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Sociolinguistics Theories of language. Burke said that we choose words because of their dramatic potential, and that we each have preference for particular parts of the pentad. Kennwth the theory eventually is proven wrong, we then can look into more detail to create one that is even better.

Burle purpose of the act would be to seek revenge on his girlfriend or soon to be ex-girlfriend. According to Littlejohnanyone who is writing about communication today, in some way is restating something that Burke had already created. This creates a division within the audience.

Symbolic Motivation

According to Burke, Guilt Redemption is considered the plot of all human drama, or the root of all rhetoric. Home Top Menu Quick Links. Corrigibility is the persistence that no matter how right everyone thinks the theory may be, that there might be some sort of flaw or disconfirmation some where along the lines. Technical Communication Quarterly, 11, Landmark essays on Kenneth Burke. The pentad itself is based around drama.