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Rhetorical Vocab Examples #1-25
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"Margaret C. Anderson's Little Review" by Sophia Estante and Lorrie Moore - This research looks at the work of Margaret C. Anderson, editor of Little Review. This research draws upon mostly primary sources including memoirs, published letters, and a complete collection of Little Review.
A lawyer attacking a defendant's character rather than addressing or questioning based on the case, e.g., In a case of theft, pointing out the defendant's level of poverty.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
Animal Farm by George Owell is a political example of this as it depicts events in Russia and Communism.
Becky's beagle's barking and baying became bothersome for Bryce.
Don't be a scrooge!
Sarah gave a bath to her dog wearing a pink t-shirt. (Is the dog wearing a pink t-shirt?) I have never tasted a cake like that before! (Was the cake good or bad?)
In "Green Mile", use of the electric chair is an example of this. The electric chair was not used in Louisiana during the year that movie was set (1935).
Just as a sword is the weapon of a warrior, a pen is the weapon of a writer. You are as annoying as nails on a chalkboard.
I am awake. I am strong. I am ready.
Mom, we will not run. We will not scream. We will not be late.
A mother tells her son a story about a family vacation when she was growing up.
1) Elijah plays football in the courtyard. All the children have gathered there.
2) My uncle likes candies. He asks everyone to give him candies as gifts.
1) "Eat to live, not live to eat."
2) "I go where I please, and I please where I go."
When he became the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong said that it was a "SMALL step for man, but a GIANT leap for mankind."
1) A bad penny always turns up.
2) A barking dog never bites.
1) "Ugh, cell phone, why won't you load my messages?"
2) "Oh what a world it seems we live in."
1) The Task - Something that must be done
2) Heart - Love
3) Battle of Good and Evil - Good ultimately triumphs
He was a bag of bones, a floppy doll, a broken stick, a maniac.
"The woman raised her hands and stared at them; stared through them. Her voice was soft but tense. 'Blood on his hands.' Her own hands were clean and pale." When we read these lines, they immediately bring to our mind an emotional response, and draw our attention. This is exactly what atmosphere does in a literary work.
1) "Hear the mellow wedding bells"
2) "If I bleat when I speak it's because I just got . . . fleeced."
"He spent his final hour of life doing what he loved most; arguing with his wife." Whereas the description of someone's final hours is usually respectful and solemn, this one is surprisingly and unexpected humorous.
In one of the most high-profile trials of the 20th century O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder, but many people will remain biased toward him and treat him like a convicted killer anyway.
Doe, John. "How Do You Measure in the Life?" The Sun Times. 2 July 2010: 1-3.
The writing's of Shakespeare are examples of this.
"Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you!"
Ex: "Roses prick your fingers,
Violets make you sneeze,
Sugar fills your veins with fat,
It's best you stick to peas!"
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