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Master of Arts (MA)
Department / School
Communication Studies and Theatre
James L. Johnson
This thesis is a Burkean analysis of the major funeral ceremonies of Abraham Lincoln. The first step was to analyze the funeral ceremonies using Burke's pentad. This study concentrates on the Burkean strategies of properties, ambiguity, spiritualization and silence. It was determined by the author that Lincoln's Funeral arrangements met the qualifications for a dramatic analysis. A Burkean analysis was used because his dramatistic style of rhetoric best fit the circumstances. The analysis covers the twenty days between Lincolns assassination on April 14, 1865 and his burial on May 4, 1865. In the interest of time this study was limited to nonverbal symbols only.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Assassination
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Death and burial
Burke, Kenneth, 1897-1993
Funeral rites and ceremonies
South Dakota State University
Udseth, Danny Lynn, ""Now He Belongs to the Ages": A Burkean Analysis of the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Ceremonies" (1995). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 163.