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SGarza: Question2FromEmily

In "Rhetorical Pedagogy," Covino writes, "The assertion by many of these theorists that reality is constructed by language has raised the question whether material reality is indeed subject to and changed by the ways in which we have described it" (47). I liked the idea of this, but would you consider it true?


Response by Ed

Yes, I would consider it true. For instance, let's say one day a person saw a Dalmatian running in the right lane of Ayers Street. There were cars behind him honking but the dog just kept casually galloping with his tongue flapping in the wind. There are different ways a writer can shape this reality. The writer could write from the perspective of the dog and rhetoricize the significance of animalistic nature trying to slow down the mechanization of humanity. OR the writer could write from the perspective of the drivers or cars and somehow spin the reality into the lapse of form and order by animalistic behavior. It all depends what kind of reality the writer wants to convey to the world.


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