Rhetorical Devices & Their Functions (Tone (to communicate an…
Rhetorical Devices & Their Functions
To make a pointed comparison, often a very powerful comparison.
In is to out as up is to down.
Directly refers to one thing by mentioning another.
He is a walking dictionary because he knows every word I ask him.
A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind
During the boxing match I was as defensive as a tiger.
To provoke a response, to cast something in a strong.
I am so hungry, I could eat a whole pig.
To spark the reader’s imagination, or make a pointed
It was flooded everywhere
Grandpa: It looks like it rained last night.
to call attention to extremes
The sign said no skating, but I still did it.
To illustrate an idea, a feeling, or the particular qualities
of something; to produce a feeling, idea or tone.
to create a memorable phrase
I was trying to sell fish to a fisherman
To lend authority to an idea, to make an association
with something the reader knows
Sally had a smile that rivaled that of the Mona Lisa
To create a memorable phrase
I am strong, I don't care what others think. I am strong, I will never let no one beat me.
to create a memorable, powerful effect, to reinforce an
It was the best of times, but it was the worst of times.
to communicate an attitude towards the subject
My mom is very hardworking but now she is very ill.
to communicate an attitude towards the subject that
cuts beyond the attitude that appears on the surface
Selection Of Detail
to concertize a particular idea, fact, or feeling
to create a sense of overwhelming force or magnitude
She did all that work in less than three seconds.
To convey complexity
A man takes a back-road to avoid traffic in the highway. Little did he know that there was an accident and he was stopped by it.
to point out an apparent contradiction
I can resist anything except temptation.
to provide a concrete example or humanize an abstract concept
Even an A student like myself can forget to complete an assignment every once in a while.
to disarm the audience, diffuse hostility, warm the
reader to the writer’s ideas
Ask not just of what your country can do for you. But ask yourself what you can do to help your country.
to ridicule and inspire reform
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
to ridicule or criticize
Kid hates Basketball
Friend: Aye brother you wanna play. Him: Oh yeah sure since i love playing it.
to ridicule, chastise or convey contempt
I did not attend to the Funeral but i sent a nice letter saying I approved.