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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 2:50pm - 3:10pm
‘Cry Rhetoric’ and Let Slip the Words of Shakespeare: An Analysis of Cuttings from Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and King Henry the V.

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Shakespeare’s stories and themes echo into culture today in shows such as House of Cards and Sons of Anarchy, and in films such as West Side Story, The Lion King, Let the Devil Wear Black, King of Texas, and She’s the Man. This is due not only to his skill at writing, but also the timeless plots and situations he sets within the plays. Literary studies on Shakespeare’s work are available, but there isn’t an abundance of scholarly research on his plays in the disciplines of Rhetoric and Philosophy. This study closes that gap while providing a rhetorical analysis using Bitzer’s Rhetorical Situation as well as Burke’s Dramatism Pentad. The analysis will be of selected cuttings of three popular Shakespeare plays, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and King Henry V. In return, this study will yield a better understanding of different Shakespearean persuasion techniques and uses that still find their way in modern language and culture.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:50pm - 3:10pm
John Q. Imholte Hall, Room #101 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267

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