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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(14); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061403.

The Exploration of the Rhetorical Motives in Sons and Lovers through the Perspective of Dramatic Rhetorical Criticism


Guangze Zhou

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Guangze Zhou

University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, 200082, China


The dramatism paradigm proposed by the famous American rhetorician, Kenneth Burke, is widely favoured in the field of contemporary rhetorical criticism. Based on Burke's theoretical framework of the "dramatic five-position", this paper analyzes the five elements of the three stages of self-formation, self-exploration and self-reconstruction of the protagonist, Paul, in Lawrence's Sons and Lovers and their relationship ratio, revealing the repressed nature and complex psychology of the low and middle class in late nineteenth century in England. Paul's reverence for primitive human instincts and the pursuit of freedom criticized the aberrant emphasis on material civilization in industrial Britain at that time, invisibly exposing the writer's rhetorical motivations for his work.


Five elements of dramatism; Rhetorical motives; Sons and Lovers; Primitive instincts; Aberrations

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Guangze Zhou. The Exploration of the Rhetorical Motives in Sons and Lovers through the Perspective of Dramatic Rhetorical Criticism. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 14: 11-15. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061403.


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