What is Rhetoric?

Brooke, Aidan, Dieter

Rhetoric

The art or skill of speaking or writing formally and effectively especially as a way to persuade or influence people.

Quotations

"Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men." ~Plato

Rhetoric is just speaking in a way that's very clear and persuasive. It uses language that makes people want to believe what you believe. Making people what you believe gives you power.

"If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win." ~Mel Brooks

Dictators are like rhetoric gods. They're able to manipulate everyone into thinking exactly what they want and do exactly what they say.


Questions

What are some examples of rhetoric?

Why do most leaders use rhetoric?

What is antistrophe?