Characterizing the Speaker

Jens E. Kjeldsen, Amos Kiewe, Marie Lund, Jette Barnholdt Hansen

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This chapter is devoted to the craft of characterizing the speaker. To write a speech that fits the speaker and that the speaker is comfortable in delivering, the speechwriter must observe the speaker’s personality. The concern for characterizing the speaker’s personality influences the speech as a whole, and the speechwriter writing a speech for somebody else therefore needs to consider both argument and style in an individual light. After presenting approaches to characterization in classical rhetoric, we introduce a method for creating believable character based on analysis of the speakers’ individual style, preferred way or arguing, and intellectual and physical capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRhetoric, Politics and Society
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRhetoric, Politics and Society
VolumePart F796
ISSN (Print)2947-5147
ISSN (Electronic)2947-5155

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


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