September 24, 2012
Mr. John Locke
Like many of the rhetoricians we've covered in this course already, Locke looked at a specific subject (his subject being words) and tried to explain its importance in the world of rhetoric. In my opinion, I find Locke's views of words to be almost too simple because he tries to break down the usage of them into two categories, when using words is often times much more complex than that. The two categories that he explains for using words are to record our own thoughts and to communicate our thoughts to others. When you take a look at history, when different presidents have given speeches, the words they choose to influence people and to motivate them are very powerful, and Locke seems to think that words don't have much meaning.