Dramatistic Pentad

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The dramatistic pentad was developed by Kenneth Burke, noted literary critic and rhetorical scholar. It is the core idea behind dramatism, which holds that all of life is a drama, and human motives can be examined using five elements with related questions, which form the pentad:

Act- What happened? What is the action? What is going on? What action; what thoughts?

Scene- Where is the act happening? What is the background situation?

Agent- Who is involved in the action? What are their roles?

Agency- How do the agents act? By what means do they act?

Purpose- Why do the agents act? What do they want?


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