Rhetorical Devices 1

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This deck contains the nine rhetorical devices we reviewed in "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

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Allusion

Definition: a reference to an event, place, or person.

Hyperbole

Definition: an exaggeration

Euphemism

Definition: a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

Anaphora

Definition: repeats a word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases.

Epistrophe

Definition: the repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences.

Parallelism

Definition: uses words or phrases with a similar structure to create balance in writing.

Juxtaposition

Definition: two or more ideas, places, characters, and their actions are placed side by side for the purpose of developing comparisons and contrasts.

Understatement

Definition: makes an idea less important than it really is.

Oxymoron

Definition: creates a two-word paradox-such as "near miss."

Allusion

Example: "I can't get changed that quickly, I'm not Superman!"

Hyperbole

Example: "I could go on for days about her family."

Euphemism

Example: "Passed away," instead of "died."

Anaphora

Example: "I live for Friday nights, I live for football games, I live for post-game parties!"

Epistrophe

Example: "I want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!"

Parallelism

Example: The things I miss about my mom are the songs she's sing as she cleaned, the laugh she'd laugh with her friends, and the support she gave to my children.

Juxtaposition

Example: "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Understatement

Example: "The hurricane disrupted traffic a little."

Oxymoron

Example: "I'm seriously joking."

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