Rhetorical Modes (Modes of Discourse)

What are rhetorical modes?

Good writing depends on factors such as purpose, type of writing and audience. That's why knowledge of the major categories of the the rhetorical modes is important . This notion accounts for the variety that one finds in texts. Rhetorical modes (also called modes of discourse) refer to the variety, conventions, and purposes of the major kinds of writing. In fact, there are four major categories of rhetorical modes. They are the following:

  1. exposition,
  2. argumentation,
  3. description,
  4. and narration

It is however worthwhile noticing that these modes are not monolithic. For example, in narrative modes, there is a group of events and states in sequence that are bound by a unifying theme. Narrative mode, however, rarely consists only of sequence of events. There are also descriptive and sometimes argumentative passages.

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