What is rhetorical stance?

Rhetorical Stance

“Rhetorical stance” is the position of a speaker or writer in relation to audience, topic, and situational context. It encompasses the same elements as, “rhetorical situation”, but is a more active concept. One is simply “in” a situation; the author, audience, and exigent subject merely exist. “Rhetorical stance” connotes a position “taken”—the exploitation of rhetorical appeals, audience, subject, and contextual circumstances—with the goal of persuasion. Rhetoric scholars Golden, Berquist, and Coleman define the position of the rhetor as “the attitude a speaker assumes toward the relationships that he believes should exist among the communicator, the message, and the auditor ”.

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