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Master of Arts (M.A.)




The purpose of this study is: (1) to examine her use of Burke’s concept of identification; (2) to explicate the strategies she employs in order to reach her desired ends; (3) to apply Burke’s dramatic Pentad (Act, Scene, Agent, Agency and Purpose) to selected speeches of Bella Abzug; (4) to examine whether or not her strategies change depending on the topic of her address and the socio-psychological stratification of her audiences; (5) to ascertain that given a certain situation, what kind of strategies will she likely employ; (6) to determine that given certain strategies, what kind of situation does it appear she believed she faced; and (7) to evaluate the general effectiveness of her rhetorical style during this period.





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