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Rhetorical devices. The Rhetoric of Revolution – American Lit. . Independence. The U.S. won independence from British colonial rule because of effective writers and powerful speakers George Washington Patrick Henry Thomas Paine Thomas Jefferson. Persuasion: .

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Rhetorical devices

Rhetorical devices

The Rhetoric of Revolution – American Lit.


Independence
Independence

  • The U.S. won independence from British colonial rule because of effective writers and powerful speakers

    George Washington

    Patrick Henry

    Thomas Paine

    Thomas Jefferson


Persuasion
Persuasion:

  • Based on three types of appeal:

    1. Logos- Appeal to reason, logic, and evidence

    2. Pathos- appeal to emotions, such as fear, pride, or hate

    3. Ethos- ethical appeal, or persuasion based on what we ourselves, moral philosophers, or the majority of the people in our culture think is right


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Rhetorical devices:

  • Imagery- “word pictures” that writers create to evoke an emotional response

    “… would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell than a spider’s web would have to stop a falling rock.” (Edwards)

    2. Hyperbole- uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor

    “ The heart that feels not now is dead…” (Paine)

    “We are going to read thousands of books in this class.”


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Rhetorical devices cont.

3. Rhetorical questions- questions that emphasize the obvious answer to what is asked

“Do bears live in the woods?”

“If practice makes perfect, and no one's perfect, then why practice?”


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Rhetorical devices cont.

4. Parallelism- the use of a series of words, phrases, or sentences that have similar grammatical form

“Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produces additional violence and insult…” (Henry)

“I have a dream…” (MLK Jr.’s speech)


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Rhetorical devices cont.

5. Connotative language- intended to make an emotional and ethical appeal

“He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” (Jefferson)


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