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Rhetorical Devices Examples
All, every, none, never
Orwell uses this device with his Characters in Animal Farms to symbolically represent an idea
The "I have a Dream" phrase in Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech is an example of this...
War is Peace.
Telling a telephone to be quiet is an example of this rhetorical device....
They spent the day wondering, searching, thinking, understanding. (Omission of conjunctions).
The cleansing feeling after watching the Titanic.
Fair is Foul and Foul is fair.
I mean what I say and I say what I mean
slender vs. skinny; cheap vs. thrifty
I wish they had stay'd vs. I wish they would have stayed
The ah ha moment (light bulb turns on)
Eloquent- sounds pretty
Gatsby and Tom
Beowulf's ____________ leads to his demise
Fair is foul and foul is fair.
All is fair in love and war.
Whoever loses his life, shall find it.
Tina Fey's Sarah Palin imitation.
How someone is portrayed by others.
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.
I wrote a novel about a fellow who had a small garden. It didn't have much of a plot.
When a mood suddenly changes.
The Colbert Report, South Park, and The Onion are all examples of this.
Using "He ain't going nowhere" for "He isn't [or "he's not"] going anywhere. (colloquial language)
Juliet's speech "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" (she thinks she is alone therefore she is talking to herself)
The type of style used by Steinbeck in Of Mice and Men, or in Perks of being a Wallflower
Style used in Extremely Loud and Incredibly close
Style in which few words are used (Hemingway)
Donald Trump acting intelligent
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)
In Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses" Ulysses refers to his former companions as free hearts, free foreheads (more specific than a metonymy)
Saying "not bad" instead of "good"
People accusing Sarah Palin of raising her children immorally.
Referencing the Bible in Beowulf...
I feel like a fish out of water. This implies that you are not comfortable in your surroundings.
"Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult".
Dawn Dish soap commercials with the Penguins being cleaned after oil spill
Legal trails- attorneys appeal to this
Why are humans above animals; animals feel pain and therefore it's unethical to harm them...appeal to....
The Epitome of something...
Hey, sweet ride, Dude... Type of language..
I'm so hungry; I could eat a horse.
You're a Liar!
Kim Kardashian vs. A homeless guy is an example of a(n) ....
When a personal story is used as fact
Everyone is getting David Yurman bracelets...Therefore, so should you.
The RICH, DECADENT flavor of Chocolate.
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.
I am failing math; therefore, I will fail in life. (MARY HORN LOGIC)
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.
People may begin to think of gun ownership as a privilege rather than a right, and thus regard gun confiscation less seriously.
White House, Capital Hill