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Rhetoric English 9

Rhetoric Terms

Main Idea The specific topic or subject. Think of this as the "what" of an essay.
Purpose Narration, exposition, description, argumentation or persuasion. Think of this as the "why" of an essay.
Audience The specifir receivers of the message. Think of this as the "who" of an essay.
Tone The speaker's attitude toward the subject and can also include author's attitude toward the audience. Think of it as the psychological quality of the words, the "where (is the author coming from)?" of an essay.
Negative bitter, condescending, disgusted, angry, threatening, mocking, sarcastic, teasing, irreverent, hostile
Positive benevolent, compassionate, determined, enthusiastic, hopeful, supportive, sympathetic, passionate, friendly
Neutral colloquial, confident, detached, factual, informal, objective, restrained, scholarly, inquisitive
Strategies The various techiniques and strategies the author employs. Think of this as the "how" of an essay.
Figurative Language Simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personifacation, allusion, symbol, onomatopoeia
Imagery Descriptions of concrete elements of sight, smell, sound, taste, touch
Rhetorical devices repetition, parallel structure, rhetorical question
Syntax The lenght and construction of sentences
Diction word choice
Rhetorical shifts anecdote, analogy, direct address, dialogue, quatations
Sound devices Assonance, alliteration
Punctuation Capitalization, parantheses/dashes, italics/ font changes
Effect The specific impact the author wants to have on the reader.
Created by: akoskela