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Strong Responses. Example 1. Device - Parallelism We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator. NON-EXAMPLE Response

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Strong responses

Strong Responses


Example 1

Example 1

Device - Parallelism

We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator.

NON-EXAMPLE Response

This is an example of parallelism because when he repeats ‘a common’ he is showing the equality throughout the sentence, and the importance of each point.

STRONG-EXAMPLE Response

By creating parallel phrases, the speaker is emphasizing the negative last word of each – oppressor, exploiter, and discriminator – to drive home the point to the audience that they have all been abused by the same group.


Example 2

Example 2

Device - Parallelism

It hastalked and talked and talkedthe words of freedom, but it hasfailed and failed and failedthe works of freedom.

NON-EXAMPLE Response

The sentence is balanced by both sides by using the same construction and a comma to separate the clauses and also has an interesting ring.

STRONG-EXAMPLE Response

By keeping each side balanced and even, the speaker is able to bring out the contrasting ideas of talking and actual action. The device is emphasizing the concept that if all you do is talk, you will not be able to bring about real change using the parallelism to set up the juxtaposition.


Example 3

Example 3

Device – rhetorical fragment

He knew it was not enough. Not enough.

NON-EXAMPLE Response

By repeating “Not enough” as a fragment, he is emphasizing the idea and stressing it to his audience, who will likely remember the phrase better.

STRONG-EXAMPLE Response

By repeating “Not enough” as a fragment, he is emphasizing that no matter what they had already done, it wasn’t enough and they needed to do more or continue to suffer injustice.


Example 4

Example 4

Device – Inverted Syntax

Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment.

NON-EXAMPLE Response

This inversion between ‘indifference’ and ‘then’ is used to make the statement more strong, more emphasized. “Then, indifference is not only a sin, it is a punishment” is clearly a weaker sentence, and switching those two words made it more clear and strong

STRONG-EXAMPLE Response

This inversion between “indifference” and “then” is used to emphasize “indifference.” By putting “indifference at the beginning of the sentence, it heightens its connection to “punishment” at the end since the connection between these two words is the speakers main message: “If we continue not caring, we will be punishing ourselves.”


Example 5

Example 5

Device – Polysyndeton

You didn’t come here on the "Mayflower." You came here on a slave ship — in chains, like a horse, or a cow, or a chicken.

STRONG-EXAMPLE Response

He uses this technique by using “or a” instead of the usual conjunction to emphasize each of the disgusting analogies relating humans to livestock/animals to show them how inhumanely they were brought over to America.


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