Rhetorical Devices. The art of using language and argumentation effectively. Rhetorical Devices. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." ~Neil Armstrong Think about these famous lines: Would it have been more effective to say, “We took a big step”?
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The art of using language and
(President J. F. Kennedy, Inaugural 1961)
(Julius Caesar - “I came, I saw, I conquered”)
--“Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates …and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton…To be great is to be misunderstood.” (“Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, or lines.
Anaphora will pour it out into a mould (absurd)!
Anaphora will cast each subsequent opening;
Anaphora will last until it’s tiring” (Hollander, Rhyme’s Reason: A Guide to English Verse)
Transposition of normal word order
Intelligent she was not. In fact, she veered in the opposite direction” (Shulman)
A contrast of ideas or words in a parallel structure.
Repetition of vowel sounds in non-rhyming words.
Repetition of consonant sounds within words or ending words.
Euphemism: “Used cars” become “pre-owned vehicles”.
Dysphemism: “Music” becomes “noise”.
Implied comparison through a figurative, not literal, use of words.
A statement that seems self-contradictory, yet turns out to have a rational meaning.
“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages … Nobody ever helps me into carriages …And ain’t I a woman?”
2) Change the underlined portion of the sentence below to make the diction more formal.
“He invented a really nifty device called the telephone.”
a) super terrific
b) truly innovative
c) incredibly amazing
d) really useful
3) “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse” is an example of what rhetorical device?
4) “I’m just taking a little trip up Mount Everest” is an example of what rhetorical device?
5) “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat, and a gun”
5) What rhetorical devices are being employed in the following famous book passage?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
~from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
d) All of the above