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Rhetorical Devices of Night by Elie Wiesel
Transcript of Rhetorical Devices of Night by Elie Wiesel
a visual image painted by the author to help the audience better understand the information.
an exaggeration; not meant to be taken literally.
"There are a thousand and one gates leading into orchard of mystical truth."
comparison of two unlike things without using 'like' or 'as'.
Elie was able to learn about the deeper meaning in the faith of God because of Moshe the Beadle's teachings.
the attribution of giving a non-human thing human like qualities.
"The race towards death had begun."
the warning or indication of a future event.
"The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You don't die of it..."
to restate something that has already been said.
What are rhetorical devices?
Rhetorical devices are a use of language intended to have an effect on the audience.
pathos, logos, ethos
"Moshe the Beadle would draw me with hm into eternity."
"He wandered in the synagogue or in the streets, with his eyes down, his back bent, avoiding people's eyes."
Here, it shows how broken down Moshe the Beadle had become. It is a sign of someone that has given up. The readers can visually see the struggle he was having.
This exaggeration describes the ways people were finding out their faith. There were many different ways to discover faith.
The quote explains how quickly death came upon Jews of Sighet.
The above quote gives a perspective of the death of Elie's father.
“Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live Never shall I forget those moment which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”
As the word 'never' is repeated is demonstrated the use of repetition. It shows how scared the prisoners were.
Description: a spoken or written representation of a person, object, or event.
“It was a beautiful April day. The fragrance of spring in the air. The sun was setting in the west.”
This description shows the joyful side of the book. It takes the audience to a beautiful day that would be special present for the Jews in Auschwitz.
a comparison of two unlike things using 'like' or 'as'.
“The whole day, I wandered about as if sleepwalking.”
This quote better explains the mental state Eliezer was in after he believed his father had died.
Allusion: an indirect or passing reference.
“When you were deceived by Adam and Eve, You drove them out of Paradise.”
The story alludes to the story of Adam an Eve and how God's resentment qualities are told in Elie's perspective.
Imagery: a visual image painted by the author to help the audience better understand the information.
“The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.”
Elie will never be able to get passed what he witnessed at the concentration camp and the death of his father.