Rhetoric devices

  1. Ad Hominem
    An attack on the person rather than on the opponent's ideas
  2. Anaphora
    repeition of a word, phrase, or clause at the beginning of two or more sentences in a row
  3. Anecdote
    a hort, simple narrative of an incident; often used for humorous effect or to make a point
  4. aphorism
    a short, witty statement
  5. apotrophe
    calling out to an imaginary, dead, or absent person to a place, thing, or peronified abstraction
  6. asyndeton
    • conjunctions are omitted
    • ex. Be one of the few, the proud, the Marines
  7. didactic
    writing whose purpose is to instruct or to teach
  8. epistrophe
    repetition of a word or expression at the end of successive phrases, claused sentences, or verses
  9. euphemism
    nicer way of saying something
  10. metonymy
    • a figure of speech that uses the name of an object, person, or idea to rpresent something with which it is associated
    • Ex. The pen is mightier thatn the sword.
  11. non-sequitur
    when one statement isn't logically connected to another
  12. objectivity
    an impersonal presentation of events and characters
  13. parallelism
    • phrases with similar structure put next to each other
    • Ex.¬†"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative." MLK
  14. Pathos
    emothinoal appeal
  15. pedantic
    writing that is scholarly
  16. polysyndeton
    lots of conjunctions
  17. red herring
    when a writer raises an irrelevent issue to draw attention away from the real issue
  18. reginonalism 
    things that pertain to a certain region
  19. straw man
    when a writer atgues against a claim that nobody actually holds or is universally considered weak
  20. subjectivity
    a personal presentation of events and characters influenced by the authors feelings and opinions
  21. synecdoche
    • part of something is used to represent the whole
    • Ex. All hands on deck
  22. anadipilosis
    • the word is used near the end of the sentence and at the beginning of the sentence
    • Ex. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering
  23. zeugma 
    • 2 parts of a sentence joined by a single common noun or verb
    • Ex. She took my wallet and my heart in the same night
  24. epistolary
  25. zeitgeist
    spirit of the times
  26. anachronism
    chronological inconsistancy
  27. bildungsroman
    coming of age story where the charachter grows morally and psycologicly
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Rhetoric devices
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