PIGSAC and (some) Rhetorical Terms

  1. The aspect of someone's character that is presented to or perceived by others.
    • Persona¬†
    • (How does the speaker want us to perceive them? How does the speaker present themself to the audience?)
  2. Aim or plan.
    • Intention (purpose)
    • (What goal is the speaker trying to achieve? What is he or she trying to say about the subject.)
  3. A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
    • Genre
    • (What kind of text is most appropriate for conveying the speakers meaning and purpose?)
  4. A person or thing that is being discussed, described, or dealt with.
    • Subject/Issue
    • (What is the main subject or focus? What kind of evidence are used to support it?)
  5. The assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting.
    • Audience
    • (Who is the text intended for? Who would benefit the most or connect most easily to the speaker message? -Consider the ideas, beliefs, knowledge base, attitudes and interests of the audience. REMEMBER: The audience is never everyone!)
  6. The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
    • Context
    • (The time, place, people, events, and motivating forces that influence both the speaker and the audiences understanding of the text.)
  7. The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.
  8. The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations. (Credibility)
  9. A quality that evokes pity or sadness. (Emotional)
  10. The principle of reason and judgment, associated with the animus. (Logical)
  11. What is PIGSAC (the acronym)?
    • Persona
    • Intention (purpose)
    • Genre
    • Subject/Issue
    • Audience
    • Context
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PIGSAC and (some) Rhetorical Terms
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