Analyzing John Hale's "A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft"revealed things about the nature of an "apologia" or "apology" that Hale uses. We tracked the nuances of his argument to see that he wasn't just apologizing willy-nilly for his role in the capital execution of victims denounced under the weight of "Spectral Evidence" and other such dubious claims of knowledge. The deeper he goes into his rationale why things that occurred did so, the more we see a pattern of carefully worded explanation, one that seems to be very conscious of the impact of his words on the intended audience.
We also looked at SOAPStone, a strategy to ensure we cover the requisite points in a text under analysis. The S stands for Speaker, the O, occasion, the A, audience, the P, purpose, the S, subject, and the tone, of course, tone.
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