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Effective Rhetoric

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Tiffany Hallin

on 9 November 2017

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Transcript of Effective Rhetoric

Unit 3: Foundations
6. Imagery
the use of sense words to evoke feelings through the creation of vivid "pictures" using descriptive and figurative language
9. Persuasive Appeals
What makes a speech great?
Take out a piece of paper and brainstorm as many effective communication styles and techniques as you can.
1. Alliteration
the repetition of the initial sound in several successive words or several words in close proximity
Body Language
How You Say It
What You Say
eye contact
facial expression
2. Anaphora
repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases or sentences
icked a
eck of
Little darling
, it's been a long, cold lonely winter /
Little darling
, it feels like years since it's been here
- The Beatles
4. Diction
an author's choice of words, used to convey tone
Rays from the sun bathed the languid afternoon in a glowing, hazy light.
Geez, the sun was bright that day.
"'Can't see it,' remarked Rainsford, tyring to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht."
-Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"
7. Parallelism
several parts of a sentence or several sentences are structured similarly to show that the ideas expressed are of equal importance
"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

8. Personification
the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects
“Earth felt the wound; and Nature from her seat, / Sighing, through all her works, gave signs of woe."
- John Milton
credibility/ethical appeal
10. Metaphor
figure of speech in which one thing is called another
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"
- William Shakespeare's As You Like It
11. Rhetorical Question
Asking a question when the answer is implied but not actually expected.
Who doesn't love brownies?
12. Simile
Comparing two things using "like" or "as."
13. Syntax
Sentence structure
Sentences can be lengthy and complex, highlighting an author's ability to turn a phrase, while perhaps allowing a train of thought to continue unimpeded by breaks.
They can also be short and sweet!
3. Anecdote
Brief story or personal example
5. Hyperbole
Intentional exaggeration for effect
Effective Rhetoric Discussion and Notes
Examples: Bad Luck Brian and Good Guy Greg
Lisa Kudrow's "Sexism in Politics" speech

"You're promoting stereotypes...You're advancing this idea that women are weaker than men..."
"Seven years I served in the United States Army"
"There's something my grandma used to do..."
"It's offensive. It's offensive to me and to all the women..."
Leslie Knope's City Council Debate Speech
Parks and Recreation
"I love this town."
"You fight for it. You take care of it. You put it first"
"I promise you, I'm not going anywhere."
Pandorica Speech
Doctor Who
"Bad news everyone, 'cause guess who?"
"No plan, no backup, no weapons"
"Silly little space ships... silly little guns"
Brian Cranston's "I am the one who knocks" speech

Breaking Bad
"Who are you talking to right now?"
"It ceases to exist without me"
"I am the danger."
Jeff Daniels' "America is not the greatest country" Speech
"There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world"
"We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons."
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