P211 .T45 The Secret book

P211 .T45 is a secret book on Clemson University's campus. It is used to unify students, as well as use various forms of rhetorical strategies to reach the people who set out on the journey to discover the book. In order to find the book, (if you don't just assume the book would be located in the library), you have to find the silo which is near the Academic Success Center.

Inside the silo, there is a small, circular plate in the center of the floor. At the bottom, it says Cooper, which should lead you to go to the library. When you arrive, you go to the desk and can either ask for the reference number or the secret book itself. You are then able to check the book out for up to two hours.

The book is full of rhetorical strategies, such as invention, arrangement, style, delivery, and pathos. The creator of this book came up with the idea in 2001, and used the silo to place the clue of where to find the book, and the physical book in the library. This mode of persuasion is persuasive because it makes people want to go on the adventure to figure out the clue and see what is written in the secret book. The pages of the book are not arranged in any particular way. People skip pages, sometimes they just sign their name or write a quote, they may draw a picture, or even a note for someone else to find. Since there have been several years since this idea was created, however, there are multiple books which are arranged by year. The style used in this example is a book filled with blank pages for people who pursue this quest to express themselves however they desire. The delivery of the secret book was persuasive in that you aren't supposed to know what the object is, so it makes you want to discover what the secret is and go on the journey to find out. This entire process is full of pathos, because it causes you to feel excitement, anxiousness, and satisfaction. When you know that a secret exists, most people have the desire to know what it is, and they will work to figure it out.

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