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Syntax, Diction and Tone: Rhetorical Strategies

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Shelby Schulte

on 8 December 2014

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Transcript of Syntax, Diction and Tone: Rhetorical Strategies

Within literature...
The way words are arranged into sentences.

Every piece of the story counts - even the grammar.

Short sentences, long sentences, italics, exclamatory sentences, colons, dashes, etc.
The manner in which a writer decided how the reader should read, and what they should feel while reading it.

Diction and syntax BOTH aid to the tone.

Frantic, Calm, Wild, Patient, Bloodthirsty, Crazed, urgent, giddy, dramatic are some of the tones within The Tell-Tale Heart.
Syntax, Diction and Tone:
Rhetorical Strategies


The word choice of the author that conveys a particular meaning.

Look for specific words or phrases that are stronger/more creative than usual, or are repetitive.


I hurried to the store.
I frantically looked at my watch, slammed down my cup of coffee, slung my coat over my shoulder, and bolted to the store.
Who can define diction? Syntax? Tone?

How are the different?

How are they the same?
What are some examples of things that we analyze in our everyday life?

What are some things that we might rely on others to do the analyzing?
If we aren't analyzing, we're summarizing.
In a Rhetorical Analysis Essays authors use specific, structured language to help establish their purpose and create meaning within their work.
When we write rhetorical analysis essays, we pick up on the use of specific literary elements that cause interaction between the audience, text and author: today we will talk about syntax, diction and tone.
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