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Gandhi and the Comic Frame: "Ad Bellum Purificandum"

Title:Gandhi and the Comic Frame: "Ad Bellum Purificandum"
Author:Carlson, A. Cheree
Publication:Quarterly Journal of Speech
Enumeration:Vol. 72, Issue 4, p446, 10p / November 1986
Abstract:Gandhi's concept of civil disobedience is analyzed through an application of Kenneth Burke's "comic frame." His leadership of the Indian civil rights movement is characterized by a ritual form emphasizing a recognition of both social and individual power, attempts at identification with the social order even while attacking it, and an emphasis on epiphany as a ritual goal. The "comic frame," it is argued, is a useful construct for interpreting and assessing certain rhetorical movements.

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