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Rhetorical Devices 2

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Alliteration
Repetition of the same letter or sound
Anaphora
repetition of the first part of the sentence through-out piece
Antithesis
Two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect
Diction
Choice of words, which influence mood, attitude, dialect, and style of writing
Hyperbole
exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
Imagery
Language that appeals to the senses
Inference
A conclusion based on evidence and reasoning
Irony
Use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
Juxtaposition
Placement of two things closely together to emphasize comparisons or contrasts
Metaphor
A comparison without using like or as
Onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
Oxymoron
A figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms
Personification
A nonhuman object being given human qualities; similar to metaphor
Pun
A play on words
Rhetorical Question
A question that is asked in order to make a point rather than to elicit an answer
Sarcasm
Verbal irony
Simile
Makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things, using like or as
Symbol
A thing that represents or stands for something else
ethos
an appeal to ethics -- credibility of source
pathos
an appeal to emotions -- evoking an emotional response
logos
an appeal to logic -- using facts, statistics to prove argument
rhetoric
the art of persuasion
rhetorical question
a question asked to emphasize an argument -- no answer is actually necessary
tone
an author's attitude towards his/her subject
exigency
the urgency, need, or demand for a piece of rhetoric
SOAPSTone
Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone-- the way a piece of rhetoric is crafted
allusion
brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers
Rhetorical Triangle
Illustration of interaction between Subject, Audience, Speaker
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