Rhetorical Theory: Journal Review
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Provide a discussion of the concept of “mortification” as it is treated in our textbook (20%) and how the concept is used in the journal article “The Redemption of Jake “The Snake”: Guilt, Mortification, and Purification of Professional Wrestling’s Prodigal Sinner” (summarize article using mortification theory)–this is mostly descriptive but should include direct quote(s) from both our text and the journal article. Lastly, provide a final thought and any critical comment on both in the conclusion.
The Iron Law of History Redemptive rhetoric as described in Burke’s “Iron Law of History” involves movement through seven interlocked moments or stages: from order1, guilt2 and the negative3, through victimage4 and mortification5, to catharsis6 and redemption7. The paradigm of rhetorical ritual killing is described by Burke as follows:
Here are the steps
In the Iron Law of History
That welds Order and Sacrifice:
Order leads to Guilt
(for who can keep commandments!)
Guilt needs Redemption
(for who would not be cleansed!)
Redemption need Redeemer
(which is to say, a Victim!).
(hence: Cult of the Kill). . . . i
i Kenneth Burke, The Rhetoric of Religion (Boston: Beacon, 1961) 4-5.