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Rhetorical Devices: Metonymy/ Synecdoche

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Selena Perez

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Rhetorical Devices: Metonymy/ Synecdoche
Related Terms
"He also secured from Parliament the so-called Sugar Act of 1764, the first law ever passed by that body for raising tax revenue in the colonies for
the crown
" (125).
used the crown to refer to a monarch
Etymology: Derives from Greek metonymia, Literally "a change in name",
from meta "change" and onoma "name"
Def:a figure of speech that uses the name of an object, person, or idea to represent something with which it is associated
: subsituting a descriptive phrase for a proper name
ex: Beatles, " the fast four"
: reference to something by means of another thing that is remotely close to it
He is such a lead foot
a more subtle and gentle way to replace and describe something unpleasant or unfavorable
ex: He is in a better place
"the pen is mightier than the sword"
pen is an attribute of thoughts that are written down; the sword of military action
Etymology: From medival latin synodoche,"Part for whole or vice versa."
Def: a figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent a whole
I am not the kind of girl
Who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion
But you are not the kind of boy
Who should be marrying the wrong girl
Speak Now
-Taylor Swift
"Lets go to bed now"
"Listen, you've got to come take a look at my new set of wheels"
ex: we need some "good heads" for the project

- intelligent people
when a part rather than a whole is used in literature, it puts an empashis on that part
it helps writers to achieve brievity
ex: "Soilders, were equiped with steel " rather than soldiers were equiped with swords, daggers, knives, arrows etc.
allows us to make a quick connection to something based on a easily to percieve aspect of it
Selena Perez
Mrs. Rose
English AP Period:1
20 October, 2013

Examples Cont.

Give me a second I
I need to get my story straight
My friends are in the bathroom
Getting higher than the Empire State
My lover she's waiting for me
Just across the bar
My seats been taken by some sunglasses
Asking 'bout a scar
We are young

substitutes a concept with another
comparison based on similarities
selects a related term; association
the comparison is based on continuity
ex: we await response from the crown
ex: life is a journey
"The ship was lost with all hands"
Examples Cont.

western wave
was all a flame.
The day was well nigh done!
Almost upon the
western wave
Rested the broad sun."

The western wave refers to the sea by the name of its parts

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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