19 terms

Rhetorical Devices IV

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rhetorical purposes
the objective governing the choice of the various rhetorical features of a piece of writing
rhetorical questions
a question not intended to be answered, but rather to evoke a line of questioning or theme
rhetorical strategy
the means by which a writer creates his or her expression of meaning through the choice of diction, syntax, figurative language, detail, etc.
sarcasm
a sharp,caustic expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt
sardonic
disdainfully or skeptically humorous; derisively mocking
satire
aims to correct, through exposure or ridicule, deviations from normal conduct or reasonable opinion
shift in point of view
a change in perspective from one character to another, or one perspective to another
simile
uses like or as to make a comparison between two unlike things and so changes our apprehension of either or both
spatial description
description of physical space
speaker
the author of a piece of writing as he or she presents him or herself in the writing
stylistic, narrative and persuasive devices
rhetorical elements of a sample of writing
syllogism
a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion
symbol
one thing represents something else
synedoche
a part of something is used to signify the whole
syntax
the way in which words are put together to form phrases, clauses or sentences
theme
the main underlying idea in a topic of discourse or an artistic representation
thesis
a sentence or group of sentences that express the author's purpose or opinion
tone
the characteristic emotion that pervades a work or part of a work; the spirit or character that is a work's emotional essence
wit
the quickness of intellect and the power and talent for saying brilliant things that surprise and delight by their unexpectedness; the power to commit subtly and pointedly on the foibles of the passing scene