Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Word as ActionRacine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Hawcroft

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 24 May 2019

Conclusion

Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.243) Conclusion
Source:
Word as Action
Author(s):

Michael Hawcroft

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0008

The importance to Jean Racine's dramatic technique of showing characters engaged in acts of persuasion has long been recognized by modern critics. Speeches are interesting in the theatre if characters are arguing with each other for and against different courses of action. The notion of persuasion can readily be applied to scenes of confrontation between protagonists whether they adopt the role of formal orators or not. But the same notion is useful in demonstrating the theatricality of discourse in scenes involving confidants, in monologues, and in narrations. The method deployed in this book raises two major problems: the first relates to the assessment of the impact of scenes of persuasion on a theatre audience; the second, to the amount of text in any given play which lends itself to analysis in terms of verbal action, inventio, and dispositio. Spectators can be gripped by scenes of persuasion; they can also be moved by them to feel pity and fear. Rhetorical analysis illuminates the tragic effect; it also permits a truly theatrical exploration of Racinian discourse.

Keywords:   Jean Racine, persuasion, characters, theatre, protagonists, confidants, monologues, verbal action, rhetoric, narrations

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .