This image illustrates the different perspectives of senators, staffers, reporters and Judge Jackson at her supreme Court confirmation hearing

This image illustrates the different perspectives of senators, staffers, reporters and Judge Jackson at her supreme Court confirmation hearing

This image illustrates the different perspectives of senators, staffers, reporters and Judge Jackson at her supreme Court confirmation hearing

Perspective is

  1. a writer, speaker, knowledge worker’s unique world view
  2. a theoretical lens used to evaluate a text

Key Concepts: Interpretation, Persona; Point of View; Rhetorical Stance; Rhetorical Reasoning


Perspective as the expression of a character, a point of view

One example of perspective is a narrator’s attitudes or beliefs about an event, person or place. For instance, a narrator could take a humorous, satirical rhetorical stance.

Readers, listeners, users . . . read literature to learn about the cultures, histories, and perspectives of others.

Perspective as a rhetorical tool of analysis

Perspective is the use of a theoretical lens to interpret a text. For instance, a writer may adopt a historical, cultural, rhetorical, psychological, or scientific lens to evaluate or develop a knowledge claim.

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