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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Michael Schliessmann


The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the use of figurative language, specifically the use of metaphors, in the rhetoric of Senator Paul D. Wellstone during his first year in the United States Senate. To achieve this purpose this study attempted to answer the following questions: 1. What types of metaphors did Wellstone employ in his rhetoric? 2. What thematic clusters of metaphors, if any, are present in his rhetoric during his first year in the U.S. Senate? 3. What recurrent metaphors, if any, are present in Wellstone's rhetoric during his first year in U.S. Senate? 4. What function did metaphor serve in Wellstone' s rhetoric? The limitations implied in these questions narrow the scope of this study specifically to the rhetoric of Senator Paul D. Wellstone. The rhetoric of other Senators, the DFL Party, or other interest groups will not be included. These questions will be expanded upon in later chapters.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Wellstone, Paul David -- Language
Rhetoric -- Political aspects




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