Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

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



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