Rhetorical Manipulation in the Works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

dc.contributor.advisorMoore, Scott
dc.contributor.authorEwert, Rylee
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholars.en_US
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsHonors College - Honors Programen_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-20T18:07:53Z
dc.date.available2022-05-20T18:07:53Z
dc.date.copyright2022
dc.date.issued2022-05-20
dc.description.abstractFamiliar with the verbal persuasion of leaders and dictators of the 20th century, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien offer insight into the power of speeches, including those of malicious intent. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, along with Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters and That Hideous Strength characterize evil speakers with similarities that my thesis explores. Using textual analysis and the insight of other scholars, I specifically address the shared goals of these rhetoricians, which arise in the speeches themselves or through their effects on other characters. This thesis suggests that Tolkien and Lewis’s manipulative speakers share the same three-fold goal to distort people, to enslave them, and to isolate them from others. Through the scenes, these authors suggest the ways that such speakers target human inadequacies and how one might respond to their words.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/11823
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectRhetorical strategies.en_US
dc.subjectManipulative speech.en_US
dc.subjectVillains in Tolkien's and Lewis's texts.en_US
dc.titleRhetorical Manipulation in the Works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkienen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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