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Rhetorical Features

Rhetorical Features in Writing: Parallelism, Diction, Allusion, Repetition

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Identify the Rhetorical Feature (Rhetorical Device): a reference to an event, literary work or person allusion
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated here: I can’t do that because I am not Superman. allusion: The reference to Superman means I cannot accomplish that difficult task.
Identify the Rhetorical Feature (Rhetorical Device): uses words or phrases with a similar structure parallelism
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated here: I went to the store, parked the car and bought a pizza. parallelism: the list of verbs are all structured the same
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated here: If you take his parking place, you can expect World War II all over again. allusion: He will let his anger loose on you if you take his parking place.
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated here: Plan ahead: it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. allusion: One should prepare for difficulties before they show up.
Identify the Rhetorical Feature (Rhetorical Device): the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same; or similar in their construction, sound, meaning, or meter. parallelism
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated here: He came, he saw, and he conquered parallelism: a list of three short clauses (each has a noun + verb structure)
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated here: The political leader said, “The present government has ruined the economy; it has ruined the education system; and it has ruined the health system of our country.” parallelism: The statements of the political leader in referring to the government are a list of three clauses in the same structure, even the verb phrase use is the same.
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated here: “To err is human; to forgive divine.” parallelism: The structure before the semicolon is the same as the structure afterward (the verb is understood) and it is used to reinforce the point that everyone error's but it is a higher calling (divine) to forgive.
What type of Rhetorical Feature is demonstrated in this famous excerpt “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,... it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” parallelism: The list of short clauses make the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities memorable.
Do repetition and parallelism often work together to create an effect? Yes, when a structure is repeated, it creates a parallel structure.
Identify the Rhetorical Feature (Rhetorical Device): a style of speaking or writing determined by the choice of words by a speaker or a writer. Choice of words separates good writing from bad writing. diction (word choice)
What Rhetorical Feature has the author used to show the horribleness of the abuses: "...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right..." diction (word choice): abuses, usurpations, depostism...all are impactful words and have heavy connotations. They make a bigger impact than "mean" or "hurtful" or "wrongdoings."
What Rhetorical Feature has the author used to list the colonies' reasons for separating: "For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:..." parallelism: the preposition "for" begins a list of prepositional phrases stating the reasons for separating
What Rhetorical Feature has the author use to limit Congress in two ways: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; parallelism: make no law...respecting or prohibiting (the two parallel verbs create parallel predicates)
Identify the rhetorical device: a repeating of a word or phrase (this often makes song lyrics or poetry memorable) repetition
What Rhetorical Feature is displayed here: "Jingle bells. Jingle bells. Jingle all the way." repetition: "Jingle bells" is repeated.
What Rhetorical Feature is displayed here: "Ho, ho, ho, ho. Who wouldn't go?" repetition: "Ho" is repeated.
What Rhetorical Feature is displayed in "Hey, Jude" by the Beatles when they sing "Hey, Jude" over and over? repetition: "Hey, Jude" is repeated
What Rhetorical Feature is displayed in "Half a league, half a league, half a league, onward..." repetition: "Half a league" is repeated in Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade to recreate the sound of the charging cavalry.
Created by: HellerTeacher