What is Protropē?


Protropē (from the Greek, literally “persuasion”), is a deliberative speech urging the hearer to specific action in a particular situation.

The figure Protropē, bears closeness with the figure AdhortatioOpens in new window, and differs from it, particularly in the aspect of its persuasion, which relies heavily on threats or promises to achieve its aim. Whereas the Adhortatio, is often accompanied with good reasons, presumably for the benefit of the urged party.

Classic Example

  1. “Seeming! Seeming! I will proclaim thee Angelo, look for’t. sign me a present pardon for my brother, or with an outstretched throat I will tell the world aloud what man thou art.”

    — Shakespeare, Measure for Measure. II,IV.

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