Sample Oral Report Outline
Outline: Communication Article Oral Report
Class: Communication Theory
Name: Michael E. Eidenmuller
1. Reference Information (APA or MLA)
Institutional Affiliation and Academic Rank of author(s) at time of publication
P1's, "Mrs. X", exigence was that her husband did not value her very much. Her rhetorical goal was to get her husband to respect and honor her. P2's, "Professor X", exigence was to get his wife to "raise her level of awareness" regarding his intellectual needs, and to forgive him of his past indiscretions. Rhetorical strategies by Professor X included a series of fantasies organized around the a theme of "male victimage." In essence, Professor X, argued that his indiscretions were partly the result of his cultural and historical conditioning that made him susceptible to aggressive sexual impulses a sort of me Tarzan you Jane theme that could hardly be counted on to end with marriage. Second, P2's fantasies targeted his wife's lack of interest in his work and profession, thereby placing the primary locus of guilt for the relational failure on her. His fantasies sought to create a shared vision in which, at best, both partners might find some refuge in mutual understanding. At worst P2's fanstasies made his wife bear the blame for his past misdeeds. Mrs. X seemed to give some credence to her husband's attempt at thematizing their relationship. However, Mrs. X also made some attempt to redirect the thrust of the blame for his past indiscretions away from her. Her fantasies, however, failed to chain out, mostly because they were rendered in relatively short, sarcastic quips. Later in the conversation, Professor X modified his 'me Tarzan' theme and suggested that his male aggressiveness, once sexually directed, was now (more or less) ready to be (re)directed toward his wife's needs for love and affirmation. Professor X's rhetorical efforts appear to work in some measure to satisfy Mrs. Xs concerns; yet, at the same time, his efforts also seem to satisfy his own need to be free from the guilt born of his past indiscretions.
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A Communication Therapist might have done well to seize upon the fantasy of seed-planting-watering-growing that surfaced in the interaction. As it is, the study leaves one in doubt as to how the relationship will proceed, and whether or not it is likely to remain intact in view of the present interpersonal (thematic) climate. Indeed, the harvest metaphor might provide ground for a successful "rhetorical vision" that would allow each to have mutual accountability for, rather than near unilateral dominance over, the growth and direction of the relationship. Operating within tacitly agreed upon possibilities and constraints directed by the harvest metaphor, the vision might well be or become one of "never-ending love" constructed around fantasies that chained or spun out around the metaphoric theme of "relational harvest" -- a decidedly co-participatory endeavor.
Michael E. Eidenmuller.
The University of Texas at Tyler.
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