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Rhetorical Device literary examples

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rhetorical question example
Will you join in that historic effort?
analogy example
Just as a sword is the weapon of a warrior, a pen is the weapon of a writer.
simile example
Life is like a box of chocolates, cute as a kitten, as blind as a bat, She hung her head like a dying flower.
extended metaphor example
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
they have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,"
parallelism example
We have petitioned; we have remonstrated, we have supplicated
Symbolism example
A dove, representing peace, appears flying, landing, and cooing throughout the story.
allusion example
This place is like a Garden of Eden.
Trust the Midas touch.
Anecdote Example
"You know, when I was a kid, my dog was my best friend. My childhood was better because of him."
hyperbole example
I've told you a million times.
It had been eons since he had seen his friend.
onomatopoeia example
KABOOM!
Kaboom!
Ka-blast
Way in the past
the miners mined for ore.
They searched for copper, iron and salt,
for that and much, much more.
alliteration example
Becky's beagle barked and bayed, becoming bothersome for Billy.
imagery example
"It was a rimy morning, and very damp. I had seen the damp lying on the outside of my little window... Now, I saw the damp lying on the bare hedges and spare grass, ... On every rail and gate, wet lay clammy; and the marsh-mist was so thick, that the wooden finger on the post directing people to our village—a direction which they never accepted, for they never came there—was invisible to me until I was quite close under it."
metonymy example
"The White House issued a statement today."
archetype example
The Mother Figure; Fairy Godmother, Glinda, Demeter, Gadriel, Mother Earth
aphorism example
"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon, and wise too late."
-Benjamin Franklin
paradox example
Winners know how to lose.
Satire Example
"What's the use you learning to do right, when it's troublesome to do right and isn't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?"--Huckleberry Finn
anaphora example (repetition)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."--Charles Dickens
assonance example
consonance example
"I must confess that in my quest I felt depressed and restless."
"I would rather slither than slather, lather than bother."
syntax example
"You still have a lot to learn!"--random teacher
"Much to learn, you still have."--Yoda
Juxtaposition example
A butler spends his days in a beautiful mansion dressed in a tuxedo, but returns home to a closet-sized apartment in a rundown part of town.