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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As cited in A Note on Burke on “Motive”, the author recognized the importance of “motive” in Burke’s work. Reclaiming Burke for Feminist Scholarship. Agency is the technique or method by which the agent achieve their goals.

His most bueke theory, in which I will be discussing throughout this paper, is that of dramatism. U of South Carolina P. Landmark essays on Kenneth Burke.

Dramatism – Wikipedia

They are act, agent, agency, scene, and purpose. Scholars try to provide a way of understanding how the various identities which comprise the self are constructed. Expanding upon Burke’s theory, scholars have taken the study dramqtism symbolic motivation in several directions. But there are indeed a lot of critiques on the work too.

Burke asserts that all things have substance, which he defines as the general nature of something. To Fisher, it is where we develop stories to convey our motives within the criteria of narrative rationality.

Dramatism in themes and poems. The words scene, act, etc. A First Look at Communication Theory.

Kenneth Burke and Dramatism

Western Journal of Communication, 70 4 One of my favorite rhetorical theorists, Kenneth Burke has done wonders for communication. State U of New York P.


A leaking private conversation provoked his racist and disparaging statement on African Americans. Conversing with these theorists in the years since, dramatistic nurke have applied the framework of dramatism to questions of ethics, the potential for strengthened human cooperation, the appropriate anecdotes for critical analysis, and the limitations of dramatism’s kemneth in a decisively Western view of drama.

Southern Journal of Communication, 61 1 To further analyze this theory we must use check the criteria when evaluating theories. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat In order for motives to be understood further, Burke presents what is knows as the Pentad. The act should align with the scene. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 41 2 Sociolinguistics Theories of language.

Typical research topics include corporate realm, business influence on federal policy agenda, even funerals and religious themes. In this case, the agency would be a computer and scanner. The way of turning the guilt into ourselves is called mortification. This is what took place.

The theory is also interpretable to explain and predict. How social skills can enhance entrepreneurs’ success. Kenneth Burke and the Method of Dramatism.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

The College at Brockport: For example, by analyzing public address, scholars examine why a speaker selects a certain strategy to identify with audience. A further analysis of Helen Koch’s data. The pentad itself is based around drama. His experience and knowledge deamatism 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.


See Chappaquiddick incident [37] He regards the events surrounding the death of Miss Kopechne as the scene, Kennedy himself as the agent, Kennady’s failure to report the accident in time as act, methods to report as agency, and finds out that the purpose for Kennedy is to fulfill his legal kennetu moral duty. It reveals the nuances and complications of language as symbolic action, which in turn, dramatidm up our perspective.

A pentadic analysis of senator Edward Kennedy’s address to the people of Massachusetts. It is fairly simple, pleasing to the mind, and useful.

Symbolic Motivation

All and all, I feel that Burke created an excellent theory that may serve us for the next hundred years. The purpose of the act would be to seek revenge on his girlfriend or soon to be ex-girlfriend. Dramatism and the theatrical metaphor. The agent is the fraternity guy who performed the act. Dwight Macdonald and Ernest Van Den Haag views that popular or “mass”- culture functions not as Scene, as one might ordinarily expect, but as Agency.

Then pollution disrupts the order. Dramatism provides us a new way to understand people.

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