Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Major

Rhetoric, Composition and Professional Communication

First Advisor

Craig Rood

Abstract

Gun violence in the United States is a fiercely contested issue among politicians and citizens alike. The underlying issues surrounding gun violence, such as weapon access, mental health, and racism, plague debates in Congress that further stall legislative gun bills to advance past incubation stages. Within the past two years, student activists have pushed back against political talking points and crafted a message that has propelled the gun violence conversation forward. I argue that student activist's rhetoric about the gun violence debate should be listened to and studied. Though my three chosen artifacts, I examine how student rhetoric disrupts previously set rules of decorum, how silence rhetoric can and should be utilized in public address, and how irony establishes a purposeful dichotomy between humor and horror to persuade effectively in divisive discourse.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200624-177

Copyright Owner

Danielle Nicole Giles

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

64 pages

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