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n Acta Academica - Rhetoric and persuasion : understanding enthymemes in the public sphere

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

The enthymeme has been used and analysed for over two millennia. It is one of the most powerful rhetorical instruments used for the purpose of persuasion, be it through the spoken or written word. This article explores the origins and complexities of the instrument and demonstrates its use and significance in the public sphere by analysing style and rhetorical content in the writings of St Paul, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr and President George W Bush. The conclusions suggest that further research into this rhetorical instrument could uncover a layer of understanding of political discourse in the public sphere hitherto not undertaken by local scholars.


Die entimeem (enthymeme) word reeds meer as twee millennia lank gebruik en ontleed. Dit is een van die kragtigste retoriese instrumente wat vir doeleindes van oorreding gebruik word, hetsy in die gesproke of die geskrewe woord. Hierdie artikel ondersoek die oorsprong en die komplekse aard van hierdie instrument en demonstreer die gebruik en belangrikheid daarvan deur die styl en retoriese inhoud in die geskrifte van Paulus, dr Martin Luther King Jr en president George W Bush te ontleed. Die gevolgtrekkings suggereer dat verdere navorsing oor die gebruik van hierdie retoriese instrument 'n vlak van begrip oor politieke diskoers in die openbare sfeer kan ontsluit wat tot nog toe nie deur plaaslike navorsers onderneem is nie.

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