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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Scholars study how dramaturgical materials create essential images by analyzing political advertising and campaigns, stagecraft-like diplomacy, etc.

Thus, new theories advance our society. Burke himself discuses his feeling about the pentad in his book, The Philosophy of Literary Form How we change what others think, feel, believe and do. A leaking private conversation provoked his racist and disparaging statement on African Americans.

The emphasis is on the expressive nature of the social bond. Furthermore, scholar Brenda Robinson Hancock used Burke’s dramatism to study women’s movements, specifically with identification as actors. Guilt serves as a motivating factor that drives the human drama. The Legacy of Kenneth Burke, Perceived motivation for rape: And the big paperback book.

Each and every one of us has different temperaments, talents, and convictions, which persuade us to understand things slightly differently.


Symbolic Motivation

Kenneth B urke’s dramatism and popular arts. Many speakers experience a combination of these two guilt-purging options. The scene is a ‘container’, the place where the action drwmatism the act occurs.

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Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

dramatsim Agent The agent is the person or group of people who perform in the act. A cluster of theorists have developed approaches around the power of rhetorical form to motivate action.

A Comment on “Burke’s Act ” “. Dramaturgical perspective is vividly used to analyze human individuality. Home Top Menu Quick Links. Variations on a Theme from Kenneth Burke. Interface of political opportunism and Islamic extremism in Bangladesh: University of California Press. Kenneth Burke and New Rhetoric”. Yet another aspect to look at when analyzing theories is corrigibility. Sometimes it is obvious and in the open, at other times the agent’s purpose may be covert and hidden.

Motives, such as hatred, envy and love can also act as agents as ‘they’ are the moving force that acts.

Another critique of the theory is to whether the theory exists as a metaphorical or literal theory.

Burke’s Pentad: Dramatism

Southern Journal of Communication, 61 1 Motives play a crucial role in social interaction between an acting person and his or her validating audience. It may be a simple, single action, such as moving or speaking, or may be more complex and compound. Views Read Edit View history. This is a confession of guilt by the speaker and a request for forgiveness.


Researchers Gurrionero and Canel highlight the use of Burke’s understanding of motives and identification within the context of the media’s framing of terrorist attacks, saying that the words and symbols used are with specific motives to frame the pentad into the voice that benefits the media and viewers at the expense of the acclaimed terrorists.

Burke asserts that all things have substance, which he defines as the general nature of something. The theory of Dramatism is criticized for being too broad in scope because it aims to explain how humans interact with each dramatixm using symbols, which been described as a general explanation that is almost has no meaning as some critics believe. They view discourse as far more than just re-presenting materiality; they believe that the human power dramatiism use symbols changes action in fundamental ways.

This Act is accomplished with the “Sub-Agency” of modern electronic technology, the mass media.