Master of Arts (MA)
Cecil V Kramer
Primary Subject Area
Mass Communications; Religion, General
Beth Moore, Biblical Womanhood, Christian Women, Fantasy Theme Analysis, Rhetorical Vision, Women's Roles
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication
Pressley, April Nicole, "Discovering the Vision in Beth Moore's "Breaking Free" Message: Applying Bormann's Fantasy Theme Analysis to Evaluate the Message" (2010). Masters Theses. 122.
Beth Moore, Christian speaker and author, has become a prominent figure in Christian circles. She ministers to over a million people a year with her messages. Breaking Free is her "life message." This project analyzes 6 of 11 messages from Breaking Free. Using Bormann's Fantasy Theme Analysis, seven fantasies emerged from the messages, which yielded a rhetorical vision that describes what Beth Moore believes a woman should be like after hearing her message. After that analysis, the fantasies where compared to evangelical Christian doctrine. That analysis determined that Moore's underlying message is valid and acceptable to the Christian audience she is trying to minister too.