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Rhetoric and Rhetorical Schemes The definition of rhetoric is as simple as the art of persuasion but what makes rhetoric effective is the way it is applied In order to use rhetoric in writing and in speech the meaning of rhetoric and its purpose must be clearly understood Rhetoric involves more than just what is written but how it is arranged Other writing tactics also are used to make rhetoric what it is Rhetoric can be described as the art of effective eloquent and persuasive writing andor deliverance of a speech The use of rhetoric ages back to the times of the ancient Greek Plato a famous Greek philosopher saw rhetoric only useful and admirable if it was an expression of truth Aristotle another Greek philosopher disagreed He felt that rhetoric was focused on the invention of the argument In Aristotles point of view the argument was meant to seek the truth and also appeal to reason ethics and emotion Although both of the great philosophers saw rhetoric in two slightly different aspects it was still used to persuade an audience Quintilian was a Latin scholar who used five different elements to perfect the art of rhetoric These five steps helped the speaker or writer use rhetoric to its fullest Inventio is the first of the five elements and is the Latin word for invention The idea is to first recognize what kind of audience the essay or speech is directed at and then invent arguments that appeal to the audience ethically logically andor emotionally Dispositio is the second element which means arrangement in Latin In order for an argument to be effective it must be arranged properly The third element in Quintilians arrangement is Elocutio In Latin Elocutio means style This is the way the author or speaker uses diction and syntax Memoria which is the fourth element is Latin for memory This element is necessary for effective speeches but it not a vital
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