Rhetorical Triangle

How does the rhetorical triangle work together to help a speaker or writer to achieve their particular purpose?


The six elements of the rhetorical triangle work together to help you create a basis and develop your idea and what you are trying to persuade and bring to others. By going through the six elements, each one helps you build a stable argument. Exigence is the catalyst and factor that inspires you to write or speak. Helps you form a foundation for what you are going to talk about. By learning the audiences background, you have a better understanding of what they think and believe. This helps create a emotional appeal to the audience which will help better persuade them(Pathos). Ethos focuses on the role of the writer in the argument and whether they are trustworthy. It’s the emotions that the writer expresses. Different from pathos which is what emotions the writer wants to show the audience. By figuring out the context in which the situation is in, you will be able to tell the writer’s purpose and message. You can see the rhetorical triangle and the six elements as Lego blocks. Each one affects the other and is connected. By looking deeper into these elements and following these steps, you will be able to better persuade your audience.



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