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Rhetorical Devices used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds in the beginning of words in a sentence or line of poetry.
Allusion
Making historical, cultural, or biblical references that the reader would understand; used for emphasis.
Analogy
Comparison that is sometimes exaggerated for effect.
antithesis
Stating direct opposites. ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.")
Oxymoron
conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')
Apostrophe
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.
Assonance
Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity
Hyperbole
Clear exaggeration; used for effect.
Imagery
Language that appeals to our senses.
Irony
(situational & verbal) - The opposite of what is expected to happen or be said. (verbal = sarcasm).
Maxim
("Proverb") Short saying that gives a lesson about life.
Metaphor
Comparison of two unlike things without the use of "like" or "as."
Paradox
Pointing out a contradiction that the reader might not come to on his own.
Personification
Giving inanimate objects/concepts human qualities.
Puns
Plays on words that make the information more effective and memorable.
Repetition
Repeating terms or phrases within a sentence or paragraph, making sure to keep them in the same pattern.
Parallelism
A type of repetition which relies on a similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses
Anaphora
A type of repetition in which words or phrases are repeated at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences. ("I have a dream...")
Symbolism
Using one thing to represent another.
Rhetorical Question
When a persuasive writer/speaker asks a question for which the answer is obvious and makes a point in his argument.
Simile
Comparison of two unlike things with the use of "like" or "as."
ethos
the credibility of the speaker
pathos
Appeal to emotion
logos
Appeal to logic