Rhetorical Devices Review
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technique appeals to the senses - allow the reader to identify with the description
compound adjective or adverb created by hyphenating multiple words together & work as one word
instead of breezing past a significant event/point, the author elaborates to show significance
repeats the same word or words at the beginning of two+ successive phrases or clauses
Repetition for Effect
a word, phrase, or full sentence repeated to emphasize its significance in the entire text.
repeats the same word or words at the end of two+ successive phrases or clauses
the absence of conjunctions in a list of words, phrases, or clauses
"The streets were a furnace, the sun an executioner."(Cynthia Ozick, "Rosa")
A technique using three words, phrases, or clauses written in parallel form and in succession.
beginning and ending a piece with a key word or phrase
"...who wants to be unusual?"
technique finding new and creative ways to describe people, places, things, and ideas
Epiphora; Tricolon; Rhetorical Question
"Where now? Who now? When now?"(Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable)
several coordinating conjunctions are used in succession in order to achieve an artistic effect
creates a connection with the reader and lightens the mood in a tense or serious situation
a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words - often humorous.
"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans..."
"[I]t is respectable to have no illusions and safe and profitable and dull."(Conrad, Lord Jim)
question asked just for effect or to lay emphasis on a point; no real answer is expected
Asyndeton; Tetra-colon Climax
"He was a bag of bones, a floppy doll, a broken stick, a maniac." (Jack Kerouac, On the Road)
"She dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat.(James Joyce, "The Boarding House")
"An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest." (Conrad, Heart of Darkness)
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations." - (Faith Baldwin, Face Toward the Spring)
"The shadows crisscrossed the rug while my cat stretched languidly in one of the patches of sun."
"That was a never-to-be-forgotten experience."
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