Rehtoric and Stereotypes

Rhetoric is defined as the language, style, writing or speech-making. It can be determined in two ways firstly, the capability of using effective language to influence somebody especially in public-speaking secondly, the usage of pretentious words persuasively which are good-sounding but, is almost insincere. Rhetoric is also the study of behavior, art and communication skills which is observed in human beings (Stanford University, Some Definitions of Rhetoric).

Stereotype is defined as an oversimplified expression towards the attributes and attitudes of people who are categorized in a group as a whole. These expressions can be used verbally or in writing but the main aspect is the usage of language through which communication is determined and evaluated. These expressions usually reflect the cultural  traditional behavior of a group with the psychological observation which transpires from the social world and are determined as pictures in the head of people (Macrae et al. 1996, p. 3, 193).

Stereotypes Associated with Each Group
There are different stereotypes associated with politicians, tattooed persons, feminists and senior citizens. Stereotypes on these groups are generally identified on the basis of their rhetoric (public-speaking and behaving) attitudes such as promises by politicians, pictures by tattooed persons, gene desires  women-to-women-relationships by feminists and stubbornness by senior citizens. The stereotypes which are associated with each group can be individually defined as Politicians who promise to voters, general public and nation for the betterment and enhancement of social, cultural, political and economical conditions of a country which are almost false, meaningless and worthless. Tattooed Persons are associated with criminal group of people. They are considered as gangsters and street-punks that commit crimes, robberies and create nuisance for the general public living in a country. Tattoos on their faces are basically the recognition of a particular group of gangsters. Upon leaving a criminal chain-gang, these people remove all the tattoos from their faces and thus, symbolize their exit from the group. Feminists are women who prefer extreme relationship with only women. These are also called Butch. Butch is defined as women desiring women, who avoid using razor in removing hairs and usually style short hairs. Not all the feminists can be of same style but the similarity in feminists is the standard way of living with other women independently by paying for their own food, accommodation and prefer liberty in their life. Freedom of life is the primary aspect due to which feminists hate man who believes woman as a household caretaker (cooking, cleaning, washing, etc.), therefore, such women prefer to have a relationship with a women and are satisfied to live their life as a feminist. Senior Citizens are aged people so called grandfather, grandmother, uncle, etc. They are considered as burden on society who grabs the taxable salary with no chance of having back. They are too conceived as slow drivers that can be risky for other drivers specially while driving on the highways roads. Their way of driving is too slow that it bothers other drivers on the roads and forces them to pass taunts on these senior citizens which is an unethical act of behavior (Rhetorics and Stereotypes Human Behavior, Socy Berty).

Reflective Image of Stereotypes Positive, Negative or Both
It is not necessarily believed that all the four groups (politicians, tattooed persons, feminists and senior citizens) represent the same image because all the politicians are not liars, all the tattooed persons are not criminals and gangsters, all the feminists are not close-minded and all the senior citizens are not stubborn or slow drivers. There is always a reason behind every action. To clarify the stereotypes associated with each group, we can finally say Stereotypes Against Politicians are positive (confirmed) in case of politicians who are liars, cheaters and frauds, but still, there are some politicians who do fulfill their oaths and commitments upon getting presidential seat or memberships in assemblies so these trustworthy people have proved that stereotypes against politicians can be negative too. Stereotypes Against Tattooed Persons are positive (confirmed) in case of tattooed persons who are criminals and gangsters, yet, there are some other people who love to get tattooed on their faces and bodies on blissful events such as birthdays, parties, picnics, celebrations and national holidays, therefore, stereotypes in this case are likely to be negative. Stereotypes Against Feminists are positive as well as negative. Stereotypes are positive (confirmed) because of their sexual violated relationship which is prohibited in the social ethics of a community as this is the act of viciousness towards human creature. And, stereotypes are negative too in the sense that every woman has the right of freedom in her life and same is the demand for democracy throughout the world. Stereotypes Against Senior Citizens are both positive and negative. Positive (confirmed) stereotypes are believed because of their stubborn nature and willful sticking in most of the cases where they simply deny on accepting the truth and going for their own decision. Still, stereotypes are negative too because of our belief and little selfishness while driving. Slow driving is not good at all specially on the highway roads but yet, this is the right way which encourages them to secure their life and save themselves from road accidents which occurs due to reckless driving (Rhetorics and Stereotypes Human Behavior, Socy Berty).

Usage of Rhetoric for Reinforcing Stereotype
Rhetoric is used in different ways to influence the stereotype for each group such as Rhetoric for Politicians are used as politicians are liars, their promises are worthless, politicians are cheaters, they are frauds, politicians are crooked, etc. Rhetoric for Tattooed Persons are commonly stated as look at this freak, he is such a punk, hey, you see that hell boy, etc. Rhetoric for Feminists are unusual but are used as he is a gay, are you lesbian etc. Rhetoric for Senior Citizens are used in an unethical way like grandma, you are nothing, hey, get your car aside, come on, your driving is good for nothing, etc.

Truth Among Stereotypes for Each Group
There is almost trust lies to stereotypes used for each group because most of the politicians are liars, cheaters, frauds and selfish people who show mercy, kindness and sincerity towards human being for getting vote but eventually, upon getting presidential seat or membership in a particular assembly, they forget every promise as there was no promise. Truth also appears from the tattooed persons because decent people will not (willingly) get their face and body tattooed and wonder on the streets to create nuisance who actually does is the criminals and gangsters getting tattooed their faces and bodies and behaving unethically. Stereotypes against feminists speaks trust because being a women, marrying other women is not the right way of chasing liberty but they should look for a man who can fulfill their demands and commit to give them freedom in their lives. Finally, senior citizens act in a very stubborn nature and stuck on arguments so it is right to say that truth lies in stereotypes against senior citizens (Rhetorics and Stereotypes Human Behavior, Socy Berty).

After thoroughly reading the chapter 46 of the book Critical Thinking which is written by Brooke Noel Moore and Richard Parker (2007), I would simply end up this Rhetoric and Stereotypes essay with the following self-appraised statement which I believe, is socially, culturally and ethically true for the entire community especially, for all the group of people (like politicians, tattooed people, feminists and senior citizens)

Whatever the situation may be, how much strong the communication may be, wherever the negativity hidden may be, one must look into his brain and see other person by assuming himself on the same situation and then, must communicate the rhetoric which will take the shape of real stereotype after which, the truth whatever it may be, will eventually be clear and acceptable by everyone, therefore, one must communicate an expression not with the direct speaking power but must communicate expression with the indirect personal inner feelings which can never be wrong ever (cited in Critical Thinking, chapter 46).


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