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By Donovan J. Ochs

Consolatory Rhetoric explores Greco-Roman funeral rites to bare how opposing symbols functioned rhetorically to convenience old groups. whereas the majority of rhetorical feedback translates written texts, Donovan Ochs broadens the normal concentration to think about non-verbal symbols in addition to motion and item languages. Ochs demonstrates that non-discursive dimensions of Greco-Roman burial rites held a spot of specific persuasive importance in consoling the population, and he attributes funeral customs practiced in modern Western civilization to the legacy of the traditional Greeks and Romans.

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Burke makes the point well. At least we know that many purely formal patterns can readily awaken an attitude of collaborative expectancy in us. ). Once you grasp the trend of the form, it invites participation regardless of the subject matter.  . 37 Quite obviously, the form of the symbolic behaviors used in funeral rituals adds much to the rhetorical effort. As a persuasive Page 15 undertaking such rituals depend, for the degree of success they attempt to bring about, on the form of opposition both in the verbal and other-than-verbal symbols.

Notes 1. See also for representative scholarship: Lester Thonssen, Selected Readings in Rhetoric and Public Speaking (New York: The H. W. , 1942); John Quincey Adams, Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory, ed. J. Jeffrey Auer and Jerald L. Banninga (New York: Russell and Russell, 1962); Marie Hochmuth Nichols, Rhetoric and Criticism (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963); Dudley Bailey, Essays on Rhetoric (New York: Oxford University Press, 1965); Chaim Perelman and L. Olbrechts-Tyteca, The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation, trans.

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