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