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Rhetorical Devices

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simile
The comparison of one thing to another using "like" or "as"
metaphor
The comparison of one thing to another without the use of "like" or "as"
personification
Giving human characteristics to animals, non-living objects, or ideas
metaphor
"Life is a battlefield."
metaphor
"The exam was a breeze."
metaphor
"The world is a stage and all the men and women its actors."
metaphor
"You are the apple of my eye."
simile
"His temper was as explosive as a volcano."
simile
"Life is like a box of chocolates."
personification
"Terror crept up the stairs and knocked on her door."
personification
"The brown grass was begging for water."
personification
"The party died as soon as Jessica left."
parallelism
using elements in a sentence that are grammatically the same, or are similar in construction
antithesis
a type of parallelism where two opposing ideas are put together
chiasmus
a type of parallelism where the repeated word or phrase is reversed in order
allusion
a reference to a well-known story, event, person, or object
allusion
"a meeting of David and Goliath"
parallelism
"I came, I saw, I conquered."
antithesis
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"
chiasmus
"The *shepherd* seeks the *sheep*, and not the *sheep* the shepherdsheephepherd* seeks the *sheep*, and not the sheep the shepherd"
chiasmus
"Never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you."
antithesis
"Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven"
allusion
"Chocolate is my Achilles' heel."
parallelism
"My face is washed, my hair is combed, and my teeth are brushed."
parallelism
"What you see is what you get."