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Rhetorical Devices Examples

Examples for Q1 Q2 Rhetorical Devices
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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