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Rhetorical Strategies. “Is life s o dear or peace s o s weet as to be purchased at the price of chains and s lavery?” --Patrick Henry The repeated p and s at the beginning of words makes the saying memorable. Effect - The speech is easy to remember as a battle cry. Alliteration.

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Rhetorical Strategies


  • “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” --Patrick Henry

  • The repeated pand sat the beginning of words makes the saying memorable.

  • Effect- The speech is easy to remember as a battle cry.

Alliteration


Patrick Henry’s speech before the Virginia convention in 1776:

Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” But there is no peace.

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

Effect- emphasizes that it is not peace but slavery to the British that is eminent if Americans do not fight for their freedom now.

Repetition for effect


“The war has actually begun. Why stand we here idle?” --Patrick Henry

  • Implication or effect: These Americans cannot no longer stand idly by; they should get in the fight.

Rhetorical question


  • “Is life so dear or peace so sweet …”

    --Patrick Henry

  • Get in.

    Get out.

    Get on with your life.

    --Lowe’s advertisement

Parallel structure/repetition for effect


“ It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” antithetical statement

Use parallelism as a way to formulate a thesis statement.

More parallelism


  • --The use of figurative language, such a similes, metaphors, metonymy, and synecdoche, rather than literal language.

  • The White House has decided to set a meeting for Friday, --metonymy (a symbol of something stand for the thing itself;

    • The White House has decided. (White House:: Executive branch or President)

      • The brass is meeting today. (brass::military officers)

  • All hands on deck! --synecdoche (a part represents the whole; in this case, the hands represent each soldier)

Metaphorical language


--Exaggeration for effect

> I’m so hungry I could eat a horse!

Hyperbole


--Words that create mental pictures or images.

Imagery


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