A-C Rhetorical Devices

  1. allegory
    the device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to literal meaning.
  2. alliteration
    the repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words (she sells sea shells).
  3. allusion
    direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, myth, book, place, or work of art.
  4. ambiguity
    the multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, or a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
  5. analogy
    similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them.
  6. anaphora
    one of the devices of repetition in which the same expression (word or words) is repeated at the beginning of two or more lines, clauses, or sentences.
  7. anecdote
    short narrative detailing particulars of an interesting episode or event.
  8. antecedent
    The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun.
  9. apostrophe
    a figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.
  10. clause
    a grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb.
  11. colloquialism
    the use of slang or informalities in speech or writing.
  12. atmosphere
    the emotional mood created by the entirety of a literary work, established partly by the setting and partly by the author’s choice of objects that are described.
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A-C Rhetorical Devices
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