Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1629-8230

Date of Award

12-16-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Ashley Holmes, PhD

Second Advisor

Baotong Gu, PhD

Third Advisor

Mary Hocks, PhD

Abstract

ABSTRACT

This thesis analyzes the rhetorical ascendance achieved by the musical group, The Beatles, during a career that propelled them from largely musical performers/entertainers to consummate and fully-fledged artists. This thesis examines two time periods in the group’s career, and then explores the elements that affected the performer-to-artist transition, focusing exclusively on the rhetoric, not the meaning of the song lyrics. A cornerstone of the research was an analytic comparison of parts of speech.

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