Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 4(1), pp. 43 - 51
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040107
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Reframing Ethos Rhetorical Criticism

Wang Niu , Yuan Ying *
School of Foreign Languages, Soochow University, China


This paper aims at constructing a hierarchical system of ethos category, which is expected to be more operable and interpretive in both rhetorical criticism and rhetorical practice. The justification of this ethos system is the focus of the inquiry. We will mainly resolve the vagueness of Aristotle's three elements of ethos: good sense, good moral character and goodwill, via extracting from the existing studies some core subelements for each of them. To achieve this objective, the related chapters in Aristotle's Rhetoric are reexamined; interpretations of ethos by contemporary scholars are investigated; and two texts from different genres are analyzed for the testing of this reframed ethos model.

Ethos, Rhetorical Criticism, Good Sense, Good Moral Character, Goodwill

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[1] Wang Niu , Yuan Ying , "Reframing Ethos Rhetorical Criticism," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 43 - 51, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040107.

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Wang Niu , Yuan Ying (2016). Reframing Ethos Rhetorical Criticism. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 4(1), 43 - 51. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040107.