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Rhetorical Devices

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Allison Martin

on 19 March 2012

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Transcript of Rhetorical Devices



asking a question that doesn’t expect an answer, it encourages the listener to consider a message
used to create an emotional response in the listener
Rhetorical Question
Language of Emotion
Parallel Structure
Sound Patterns
using repetition of sounds to create an effect

Alliteration: Callous, calculating, cruel -- is this what we must expect?

Assonance: And a fine time we all had, too.
using opposites to catch the listener’s attention
using language that appeals to the senses to capture the listener’s attention (i.e. using metaphor, simile and personification)

speaker uses a list of three to express an idea, emphasize it, and make it memorable

(see what I just did there?)
Repetition at the beginning of a sentence.
hyperbole: using exaggeration for effect
simile: a comparison using like or as
speaker begins and the audience finishes or speaker asks and audience answers.
speaker makes a real life comparison or tells a personal story
Analogy or Anecdote
Call and Response
Hyperbole & Simile
The "Rule of Three"
Description and Imagery
Repetition at the end of a sentence.
Example: "...this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln
I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

I ask you, is it fair, is it right, is it just?

The few, the proud, the Marines.
using the same grammatical structure on words or phrases to add focus and to place emphasis on the point
(see what I did there?)

To show kindness is
praiseworthy; to show
hatred is evil.
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