Speeches have structures. Are there some stock frameworks which will be useful?
Quintilian, and J.S. Watson. Institutes of Oratory.Edited by Lee Honeycutt, 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition. Book III Chapter 8.
Quintilian alleges that some authors consider deliberative oratory a utilitarian exercise. He and others would rather view it as discourse which is focused on what is honorable (Quintilian III.8.1). Deliberative oratory, then, may be used not only in a judicial setting, but also to consider future or past events and to persuade or dissuade (Quintilian III.8.6). Normally there will be an exordium, but it is not absolutely necessary (Quintilian III.8.6). The statement of facts is also not always needed, as in deliberation there are often facts upon which there is great agreement (Quintilian III.8.10-11). The most persuasive element is the speaker’s authority (Quintilian III.8.13). Conjecture is sometimes called for, as well as consideration of variables, such as military actions (Quintilian III.8.20). Deliberation is rightly about what is honorable or useful. Depending on the definition of what is necessary, that may also be included (Quintilian III.8.22). Quintilian reminds the reader that matters of honor and expediency sometime overlap one another (Quintilian III.8.31). The factors must often be weighed, as must the natural desire of the audience (Quintilian III.8.40). Quintilian illustrates with arguments made by teachers and students of rhetoric, stemming from historical precedents. The tone of the presentation is a matter of some debate. Quintilian recognizes that our behaviors will often influence a decision, while the facts may or may not be conclusive (Quintilian III.8.61). All in all, historical knowledge is of great benefit.
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