Gorgias Rhetoric In The Encomium of Helen

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Gorgias concludes that Helen is not to blame in this case (82B116). Force was also not mentioned a great deal by Gorgias. He says that if she was taken by force then it is clearly her abductor's fault and not hers. Gorgias states that the abductor, or barbarian, that committed this act should receive the blame and punishment...
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After all, Helen is being robbed of her home and friends, and therefore should be pitied and not blamed (Freeman). The majority of the Encomium of Helen is Gorgias trying to explain that Logos in its many forms could have caused Helen to venture to Troy. Speech, poetry, wizardry, and persuasion by lies are all forms of Logos that are very powerful...
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