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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Homophily is the perceived similarity between speaker and listener. There are several ways to dramatjsm identification. KB Journal, 6 2. Burke said that we choose words because of their dramatic potential, and that we each have preference for particular parts of the pentad. Western Journal of Communication, 70 4 Studies in Philosophy and Education.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

Another example of dramatism in politics is the use of Burke’s rhetorical interpretations as a tool to understand presentations of terrorism in media. Sociolinguistics Theories of language. Sign In Don’t have an account? And the big paperback book.

Burke’s Pentad: Dramatism

It is engaged when we apologize or blame ourselves when facing the wrongdoing; the way of turning the guilt to external parties is called scapegoating. Theory and Society, 4, It reveals the nuances and complications of language as symbolic action, which bur,e turn, opens up our perspective. The act is publishing the nude photos on to the internet.


Not only is he proficient in communication theory, but he is also known for creative writing, social psychology, and linguistic analysis. For example, by examining the decision making criteria of Business Angels, Baron and Marksman identified four social skills which contribute to entrepreneurial success: Rhetoric is needed in this process to build unity. Please help and share: His most noted theory, in which I will be discussing throughout this paper, is that of dramatism.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

Dramatisman interpretive communication studies theory, was developed by Kenneth Burke as a tool for analyzing human relationships. Quarterly Journal of Speech. It may be a simple, kennetth action, such as moving or speaking, or may be more complex and compound.

Within the dramaturgical frame, people are rationalizing.

As Billings, the author drmaatism The Dramatistic Implications of Burke’s Guilt Redemption Cycle in the Donald Sterling Communication Crisis recognized and analyzed, that Sterlings act of trying to redeem his guilt was failed because of insufficient scapegoat.


The Academy of Management Executive, 14 1 For example, by analyzing public address, scholars examine why a speaker selects a certain strategy to identify with audience. Finally, it explains and predicts the event.

Purpose The purpose is the reason that the agent acts, the outcome they are seeking from what they do. We start with Burke’s definition of Human: Republicans and democrats do this all the time when political events occur.

Kenneth Burke, Dramatism, the Pentad, and Identification: an Overview

Burke’s goal is to explain the whole of human experience with symbolic interaction. The theory of Dramatism is criticized for being too broad in scope because it aims to explain how humans interact with each other using symbols, which been described as a general explanation that is almost has no meaning as some critics believe. Sociometry, 21 1 Philosophy of literary form 3 rd ed.

In a persuasive sentence, the verb indicates the act.

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