Rhetorical Devices and their functions (Satire (to ridicule and inspire…
Rhetorical Devices and their functions
to make a pointed comparison, often a very powerful comparison
ex- In is to out as go is to stop
to provoke a response, to cast something in a strong
ex: Im so hungry I could eat a horse.
to spark the reader’s imagination, or make a pointed
Ex: If you break all the bones in your body, its going to hurt
to create a memorable phrase
ex: Please Refrain from using your cellphone.
to call attention to extremes
God and the devil
to illustrate an idea, a feeling, or the particular qualities
of something; to produce a feeling, idea or tone.
Ex: Visual- The golden sun shone.
to create a memorable phrase
Ex:Peter Piper Picked A Purple Pepper
to lend authority to an idea, to make an association
with something the reader knows
Ex- The Trojen horse was an allusion but it actually had men inside
to create a memorable, powerful effect, to reinforce an idea
Ex: I will eat. I will go to sleep. I will go to the bathroom.
to communicate an attitude towards the subject
Ex: Author writes a horror story with a serious and sinister tone.
to communicate an attitude towards the subject that
cuts beyond the attitude that appears on the surface
Ex: The Chimmy Sweeper has a grim undertone.
Words w/heavy connotations
to cast the subject in a particular light, to imply
Selection of detail
to concretize a particular idea, fact, or feeling
Ex: It was a dark and stormy night.
to create a sense of overwhelming force or magnitude
Ex:When I go to the store Im getting milk, eggs, ham, chicken, and coke.
to convey complexity
Ex: Water is as clear as mud.
Sarcasm, verbal irony
to ridicule or criticize
Ex: The boys gym lockers smell really good.
to point out an apparent contradiction
ex-When you win all the time you loose.
to provide a concrete example or humanize an abstract
to disarm the audience, diffuse hostility, warm the
reader to the writer’s ideas
ex- Im not really your friend if I don't insult you everyday.
to ridicule and inspire reform
ex- The Larry Sanders Show. This shows claim to target what they think are stupid political and social viewpoints.
to ridicule, chastise or convey contempt
Ex: Robinson constantly verbally and mentally abused himself for loosing his Rolex.
to convey energy or intense feelings (or lack thereof)
Ex- slower narrative [ace could indicate a thoughtfulness or reflective quality
Appeals to reason, emotion, patriotism religion, ethics, etc.
to provoke the audience to respond in a ,a particular way, to tap into a reader’s intellect, feelings, needs, values, etc.
ex- sad emotions, Christianity, Muslim
to provoke the reader to respond or to think,
or to lead them to the next idea
ex- It's too hot today, isn't it?
to draw attention to something while pretending to be Subttle
Ex- Good -bad, up - down
Short, staccato sentences
to call attention to an idea
ex- He took it. He he waited. He struck.
excessive and longer words to convey a meaning which could have been conveyed with a shorter expression, or in a few words.
to draw attention to something while pretending not to