Blog #1: Rhetoric, Invention, Critical Thinking, and Fantasy.


Drawing from what I remember from my AP language class in high school, I still refer to rhetoric as an appeal to logos, ethos, and pathos. It’s a way for the author to draw attention to certain aspects of the literary piece that they want highlighted. I believe that rhetoric is what’s beautiful about writing; it’s the application of different literary devices in a way that pulls the reader into the story or issue at hand. 


Based on what we’ve discussed in class so far, invention seems to be what the author creates when they write. How they develop the story and intertwine the literary devices they decide to use invents an image or idea in the reader’s head. Being able to float in both bad and good ways, invention, in my opinion, should be very important to writers. If you invent the wrong idea in your writing you could either create a paper that really offends one group of people, or you could lead people to believe something completely opposite from what you wanted them to believe. 

Critical Thinking:

I still agree with the article that this isn’t a skill that one person can be taught. Being able to think critically is a really difficult way to thing. It’s taking past knowledge, new knowledge, and welding them together into a knowledge that you can use in application to various situations. For example, being a physics major requires me to throw away my inhibitions about what I used to think physics was. It also requires me to look at a problem in every possible way to try to see the reason behind the problem and how I could possibly attack it to find a reasonable answer.


Fantasy is everything beautiful about writing and reading. It’s a whole different world that you can enter where the make believe that you keep hidden in your mind all day is free to explore without bounds. To me, fantasy is a genre that gives us a break free from daily life, a place we can escape to when we’re dealing with rough situations. Fantasy doesn’t discriminate; it allows us to be who we wish we were and often times helps us cope with issues in ways we couldn’t in our physical world. This is what I’ve picked up on throughout my life, but in class fantasy seems to be a bit more tamed in a way that it represents a way that the author can connect with the audience. It makes the connection more vulnerable and real because the feelings created when reading a fantasy piece far surpass any emotional ties to a non-fiction piece.

In Relation to One Another:

The first thing that comes to mind is the similarity between fantasy, rhetoric, and invention. They are used to create each other and they just seem to coincide with one another. We can find rhetoric in fantasy, writers invent fantasy when they write, and we can dissect fantasy to find the rhetoric and come up with an idea about what the author wanted us to be thinking or feeling. I think critical thinking comes in from a far left field, but it is still connected to the other three categories. Critical thinking, I think, is more applied to discussing the meaning behind what an author says or is trying to say. It’s like the genius cousin that everyone hates. It isn’t as free hearted as the other three can be at times, but it’s still a connecting factor that can link all of them together. 


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