Rhetorical Approaches In Mores Utopia And Machiavelli's The Prince

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Tinkler, John F. “Praise and Advice: Rhetorical Approaches in More’s Utopia and Machiavelli’s The Prince” The Sixteenth Century Journal vol. 19. no. 2. (Summer 1988). 187-207. Accessed October 4, 2014. JSTOR In “Praise and Advice: Rhetorical Approaches in More’s Utopia and Machiavelli’s The Prince,” John F. Tinkler argues that The Prince and Utopia can be contrasted by their usage of two classical rhetorical genres; the demonstrative art of praise and the deliberative art of political advice. Machiavelli and More represent the polarization between a realist and a moralist on political, economic, and social problems. Tinkler is a professor of Renaissance English Literature and Rhetoric at Townson University. Tinkler’s primary sources are Utopia, The Prince, Cicero’s writings on rhetoric, Quintilian’s writings on rhetoric, Machiavelli’s Discourses, and a letter Erasmus wrote about More. He uses his primary sources to explain the art of rhetoric and to illustrate the different styles of rhetoric. His secondary studies are various studies on rhetoric in Utopia and The Prince and other studies that explore Utopia and The Prince. Tinkler’s secondary sources support his argument that The Prince and Utopia employ the demonstrative and deliberative genera, while they take completely different approaches to the demonstrative genre. Tinkler approaches his argument by introducing the demonstrative and deliberative genres, arguing how More and Machiavelli used the demonstrative and
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