Developmental writing students make important strides learning to write narration before beginning argumentation. Rhetoric—the crafting of persuasion—can be developed through narrative techniques.
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Rhetoric—the crafting of persuasion—can be developed through narrative techniques.
Narrative was once intricately woven through rhetoric, but became disentangled as technical logic separated from rhetorical logic.
Today narration is making a come-back. Narrative theory has expanded the definition of narration and has shown its effectiveness in a variety of disciplines.Narration and Logos, Pathos and Ethos
From FDR’s “War Message,” Dec. 8, 1941—story of “true facts”
Introductory stories say to the audience, “I’m like you.”
Stories can be used to give the audience a picture of a particular need (a hungry child that needs to be fed), tapping into common values and inviting response.
Recent commercials by Bausch and Lomb tell how they discovered the problem with their contact solution, responded quickly to the problem, pulled the product, and developed a new and safer contact solution for the public. Through story, this company is trying to re-establish their credibility with their customers.
As human beings, we are natural story-tellers and story-consumers. Learning to test and develop persuasive abilities through narration teaches students important lessons about logos, pathos and ethos in their writing.