Rhetorical Devices Examples

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56 terms · Examples for Q1 Q2 Rhetorical Devices

Absolute

All, every, none, never

Allegory

Orwell uses this device with his Characters in Animal Farms to symbolically represent an idea

Anaphora

The "I have a Dream" phrase in Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech is an example of this...

Antithesis

War is Peace.

Apostrophe

Telling a telephone to be quiet is an example of this rhetorical device....

Asyndeton

They spent the day wondering, searching, thinking, understanding. (Omission of conjunctions).

Catharsis

The cleansing feeling after watching the Titanic.

Chiasmus

Fair is Foul and Foul is fair.
I mean what I say and I say what I mean

Connotation

slender vs. skinny; cheap vs. thrifty

Ellipsis

I wish they had stay'd vs. I wish they would have stayed

Epiphany

The ah ha moment (light bulb turns on)

Euphony

Eloquent- sounds pretty

Foil

Gatsby and Tom

Hubris

Beowulf's ____________ leads to his demise

Paradox

Fair is foul and foul is fair.
All is fair in love and war.
Whoever loses his life, shall find it.

Parody

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin imitation.

Persona

How someone is portrayed by others.

Polemic

Angry editorial

Polysyndeton

After I failed the Mid test, I did not care and I did not lose sleep but I did fail the class and dropped out of school.

Pun

I wrote a novel about a fellow who had a small garden. It didn't have much of a plot.

Rhetorical Shift

When a mood suddenly changes.

Satire

The Colbert Report, South Park, and The Onion are all examples of this.

Solecism

Using "He ain't going nowhere" for "He isn't [or "he's not"] going anywhere. (colloquial language)

Soliloquy

Juliet's speech "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" (she thinks she is alone therefore she is talking to herself)

Simplistic

The type of style used by Steinbeck in Of Mice and Men, or in Perks of being a Wallflower

Explicit

Style used in Extremely Loud and Incredibly close

Sophisticated

Shakespeare's style

Succinct

Style in which few words are used (Hemingway)

Pedantic

Donald Trump acting intelligent

Commonplace

Textbook Style

Syllogism

Deductive Reasoning

Synesthesia

Emily Dickinson, in "I Heard a Fly Buzz-When I Died," uses a color to describe a sound, the buzz of a fly:with blue, uncertain stumbling buzz (describes one sensation in terms of another)

Synecdoche

In Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses" Ulysses refers to his former companions as free hearts, free foreheads (more specific than a metonymy)

Litotes

Saying "not bad" instead of "good"

Ad Hominem

People accusing Sarah Palin of raising her children immorally.

Allusion (biblical)

Referencing the Bible in Beowulf...

Analogy

I feel like a fish out of water. This implies that you are not comfortable in your surroundings.

Aphorism

"Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult".

Pathos

Dawn Dish soap commercials with the Penguins being cleaned after oil spill

Logos

Legal trails- attorneys appeal to this

Ethos

Why are humans above animals; animals feel pain and therefore it's unethical to harm them...appeal to....

Archetype

The Epitome of something...

Colloquial

Hey, sweet ride, Dude... Type of language..

Cynicism

Skepticism

Euphemism

"Passed away"
"Let go"

Hyperbolic language

I'm so hungry; I could eat a horse.

Invective Statement

You're a Liar!

Juxtaposition

Kim Kardashian vs. A homeless guy is an example of a(n) ....

Anecdotal Evidence

When a personal story is used as fact

Bandwagon

Everyone is getting David Yurman bracelets...Therefore, so should you.

Glittering Generalities

The RICH, DECADENT flavor of Chocolate.

Hasty Generalization

Jana has been to San Diego several times, and the sky was always blue and the temperature ideal. The weather must be perfect in San Diego all the time.

Non sequitur

I am failing math; therefore, I will fail in life. (MARY HORN LOGIC)

Red Herring

Argument for a tax cut: We admit that this measure is popular. But we also urge you to note that there are so many bond issues on this ballot that the whole thing is getting ridiculous.

Slippery Slope

People may begin to think of gun ownership as a privilege rather than a right, and thus regard gun confiscation less seriously.

Metonymy

White House, Capital Hill

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