Isaac Asimov's Profession : a Burkeian criticism

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dc.contributor.advisor Jackson, Robert N. en_US Rose, Sharon L. en_US 2011-06-03T19:35:14Z 2011-06-03T19:35:14Z 1990 en_US 1990
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1990 .R6 en_US
dc.description.abstract This is a rhetorical criticism of the science fiction short story, "Profession," by Isaac Asimov. Primary focus is on Asimov's persuasive use of this message to influence potentially creative young people to consider technological careers. A brief synopsis of the story is given, along with a statement of the functional role of science fiction in accustoming individuals to societal changes resulting from technological advancements.Methodology is based upon Kenneth Burke's dramatism which views human action in terms of a drama. Burke's concepts of identification and occupational psychosis are used in discovering the rhetor's use of persuasive strategies. Burke's pentad is used for analysis of significant ratios. The dominance of the act-scene ratio is demonstrated by the supremacy of action over motion.Asimov's work shows the influence of a philosophy of realism, identifiable by the featuring of the pentadic term "act." Asimov's primary motives are identified as a desire to share his belief in the benefits of technology and his own need for creative self-expression.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent ii, 91 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science fiction. en_US
dc.subject.other Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992. Profession. en_US
dc.title Isaac Asimov's Profession : a Burkeian criticism en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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