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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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Dramaturgical perspective is vividly used to analyze human individuality. When there is overlap between two people in terms of their substance, they have identification.

The agent is the fraternity guy who performed dramatim act. Central States Speech Journa. Then casuistic stretching allows the guilt to be accepted into the world. Characters in a storyPlots.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

If the theory eventually is proven wrong, we then can look into more detail to create one that is even better. With these parts separated, it allows us to focus our attention on the important variables.

University of California Press. 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 keenneth explanation that is almost has no meaning as some critics believe.

This is what took place. Act The act is a motivated and purposeful action. It is very easy to understand and can be applied to the simplest scenarios or to the most complex. Because symbols were given a central place in motivation, the methodological moves of the symbolic interactionists had opened the opportunity to study the clustering of rhetoric birke forms, and the practical accomplishment of rhetoric as an invoking of these forms to influence human action.

A further analysis of Helen Koch’s data. Burke staunchly argued that his theory of dramatism is a literal theory, understanding reality as a literal stage with actors and enactment.


Why use “drama” as the metaphor? Because of the complexity and extension of Burke’s thinking, it is difficult to label hurke ontology behind his theory.

A pentadic analysis of senator Edward Kennedy’s address to the people of Massachusetts.

Symbolic Motivation

Rempel Denise applies dramatism to explore the social networking site MySpace. In a persuasive sentence, the verb indicates the act. Identification can be increased by the process of consubstantiation, which refers to bridging divisions between two people. Scene The scene is a ‘container’, the drxmatism where the action of the act occurs. Reclaiming Burke for Feminist Scholarship.

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.

Home Top Quick Links Settings. Burke asserts that all things have substance, which he defines as the general nature of something.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

In addition to focusing on the negotiated nature of social organization, dramaturgy emphasizes the manner in which the social order is expressed through social interaction, how social organization is enacted, featured and dramatized.

It reveals the nuances and complications of language as symbolic action, which in turn, opens up our perspective. Burke recognizes that identification rests on both unity and division, since no one’s substance can completely overlap with others. Action is something that people do on purpose in way of their voluntary behavior. Since this happens, two individuals who experienced the same event may feel that they came up with a purpose that was not congruent.

The Social Coordination of. Another critique of the theory is to whether the theory exists as a metaphorical or literal theory. You can buy books here. Essays on life, literature and method. Kenneth B urke’s dramatism and popular arts.


Finally comes transcendence which is new order, the now status quo. Littlejohn explains that only people have actions and objects and animals have motion. Causal theory of reference Bueke theory of meaning Contrastivism Conventionalism Cratylism Deconstruction Descriptivist theory of names Direct reference theory Dramatism Expressivism Linguistic determinism Logical atomism Logical positivism Mediated kennetb theory Nominalism Non-cognitivism Phallogocentrism Quietism Relevance theory Semantic externalism Semantic holism Structuralism Supposition theory Symbiosism Theological noncognitivism Theory of descriptions Verification theory.

kenneeth Another example of dramatism in politics is the use of Burke’s rhetorical interpretations as a tool to understand presentations of terrorism in media. The purpose of the act would be to seek revenge on his girlfriend or soon to be ex-girlfriend. Some researchers, such as Robert Wade Kenny, addressed the use of the Pentad and Dramatism to look into the field of sociology.

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In universal scapegoating, the speaker blames everyone for the problem, so the audience associates and even feels sorry for the victim, because it includes themselves. He found the reason is not presidents’ own cognitive adjustment, but a means of impression management. It may be a simple, single action, such as moving or speaking, or may be more complex and compound.

As Kenny states, that the pentad can be used to examine sociology because, “sociology is predicated on the notion that human action is neither random nor mystical, and this sets up the initial condition necessary for an inquiry into the motivating principles that give rise to social order and disorder.

Typical research topics include corporate realm, business influence on federal policy agenda, even funerals and religious themes.