Speakers' Primary Motives.
Speakers’ Primary Motives.
Here are the instructions for this order:
• First, read Chapter 23 of A First Look at Communication Theory, 8th edition by E. M. Griffin (2012)
• Second, watch an entire episode of your favorite sitcom…I will let you select your favorite just as long as it’s funny! With this episode, apply Burke’s
Dramatism Theory to determine the motive of speakers.
• Third, take one scene and identify all five elements of Burke’s Dramatistic Pentad: Act, scene, agent, agency, and purpose. Explain.
• Fourth, using the pentad, determine why the speaker “selected rhetorical strategy to identify with the audience” (Griffin, 2012, p. 302). (The audience would
be the receiver of his or her message). In other words can you identify the speaker’s primary motive within this scene? Explain.
• Fifth, what might be any underlying guilt that prompted this speaker to use either mortification or victimage? What did he or she do or say that helped you
determine this? Explain
• After completing the three parts above, make an assessment as to how valid you think Burke’s Dramatism Theory is in determining one’s motive in communication.
NOTE: Burke is not a formally trained academician nor does he have formal training in research methods.
• This assignment should be 2-4 pages. Use complete sentences and utilize outside sources when necessary (APA style). Include a cover page, abstract, and
reference page (not included in the page limits). Use college level APA formatting is APA.
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