One of my favorite rhetorical theorists, Kenneth Burke has done wonders for communication. As I said earlier, one of Burke’s most noted theories is dramatism. Dramatism is a metaphor introduced by 20th-century rhetorician Kenneth Burke to describe his critical method. Dramatism. 1. Dramatism; 2. Introduced by rhetorician Kenneth Burke, made its way into the field of communication in the early ‘s.

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Kenneth Burke and New Rhetoric”. Burke’s Dramatism has been a great contribute to the communication field, which is praised by many researchers kennneth this area. Of note, the reasoning for Burke to emphasize his theory as literal relates to the reasons to why others claim it to be metaphorical: Communication and social order.

Burke says that wherever there is persuasion, there is rhetoric, and wherever there is meaning, there is persuasion.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

The Social Coordination of. By using kejneth site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Each and every one of us has different temperaments, talents, and convictions, which persuade us to understand things slightly differently. Dramatism and the theatrical metaphor. Humans use language in patterned discourses, and texts move us with recurring patterns underlying those texts.

Burke staunchly argued that his theory of dramatism is a literal theory, understanding reality as a literal stage with actors and enactment. He pivoted the fact and described it as a circumstance that he couldn’t control.

Kenneth Burke, Dramatism, the Pentad, and Identification: an Overview

Burke’s cycle refers to the process of feeling guilt and attempting to reduce it, which follows a predictable pattern: Burke asserts that all things have substance, which he defines as the general nature of something.


Finally, it explains and predicts the event. The concept of a dramaturgical self was formulated by sociologist Erving Goffman was inspired by the theatre, and also finds roots in relations to Burke’s work. How we change what others think, feel, believe and do. Society is a dramatic process in which hierarchy forms structure through power relationships. Philosophy of literary form 3 rd ed. The ongoing cycle starts with order.

Burke’s Five Elements of Dramatism

One of my favorite rhetorical theorists, Kenneth Burke has done wonders for communication. Life as theater, A dramaturgical sourcebook 2nd ed.

The words scene, act, etc. Other theorists argue that Dramatism lacks utility because it leaves out topics of gender and culture. The Academy of Management Executive, 14 1 Reclaiming Burke for Feminist Scholarship. His most noted theory, in which I will be discussing throughout this paper, is that of dramatism.

One way to create identification is through the creation of a common enemy.

Essays on life, literature and method. Another critique of the theory is to whether the theory exists as a metaphorical or literal theory.

Burke’s Pentad: Dramatism

Dramatism in themes and poems. The proverbial “where and when”. Category Task Force Discussion.

Dramatism is a technique of analysis of language and thought as basically modes of action rather than as means of conveying information. The agent is the person or group of people who perform in the act. Communication Quarterly, 33 2 Despite these works and incorporation of Dramatism in feminist work, there remains the evidence that Burke did not use or intent his theory to account for gender.


All and all, I feel that Burke created an excellent theory that may serve us for the next hundred years. As Charles Kneupper comments on Burke’s work on this theory, that “i would concur that has been limitations in the application of dramatistic theory The politics of victimage:.

Motives play a crucial role in social interaction between an acting person and his or her validating audience. Burke’s Perspective on Perspectives: The order is the status quo, where everything is right with the world.

Thus, new theories advance our society. According to Burke, the act is basically what took place. However, future theorists, specifically Bernard Brock [60] and Herb Simons[61] went on to argue dramatism as metaphorical theory claiming that Burke’s idea that all the world’s a stage is mere a tool of symbolic interaction that signals life as a drama.

Purpose may be layered and distracting, for example where an apparent good purpose cloaks an underlying selfish motive. Dramatistic ratios is the “proportions of one element relative to another in the Dramatism Pentad”, [7] which can be used to find the dominant element in the interaction. University of California Press. Finally comes transcendence which is new order, the now status quo. Journal of Occupational Science, 10 kemneth ,