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Rhetorical Devices

 

expressive stylistic locutions that are historically evolved means of organizing a sentence and that utilize chiefly the emotional and imperative qualities of speech; an obsolete term for figures of speech. In a narrow sense, the term applies to three figures of speech: rhetorical exclamation, rhetorical appeal, and rhetorical question (a statement in the form of a question).

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First, it helps to demarcate the act from its cultural interpretation, that is, from the rhetorical device used to make a culturally meaningful interpretation of the act.
Essays in this collection on medieval ekphrasis (a literary rhetorical device that combines words and images) look at medieval text-image relationships from the 11th through the 17th century.
Jackson questions this reading, noting that "King did not mention this epiphany publicly for nearly a year ..." and thus "it is quite possible that King used this event as a rhetorical device to capsulate a yearlong journey marked by a consistent struggle with fear and doubt" (110-111).
Cypriot society easily overcame the shock from the violent division of 1974; the "drama of Cyprus" has long become nothing more than a rhetorical device. As Hugo Gobi, former UN Special Representative for Cyprus, observes in his book, "Cyprus' drama is the lack of drama."
With modernism irony ceases to be an isolatable rhetorical device, and becomes a generalized vision of disjunction which a host of other devices can be pressed into expressing.
The forest, the wilderness, and the dark continent are at once Africa and blackwomen's bodies.(4) This political statement also serves, however, as a rhetorical device, speaking to collectives being torn asunder from within.
The majority of Taiwanese citizens and political commentators agree that the '1992 Consensus,' in reference to a meeting held between the two countries in 1992, is little more than a political slogan, created in the early 2000s, which has been used by the KMT and the Communist Party of China as a rhetorical device to support Beijing's claims to Taiwan.
On the other hand, the practice of the rhetorical device of "imitation" was central at the time, and choosing Ovid's works opened the field to multiple interpretations and versions and provided a new Ovidian discourse on sexuality.
Now it just seems like painting goes through narrower and wider historical openings, and this idea of its "death" is a rhetorical device to create false controversy.
"Swift's Use of Literalization as a Rhetorical Device." PMLA 82 (1967): 516-21.
A dominant rhetorical device is the use of sustained metaphors associating reality and myth.
The appropriation of modernity has in fact been a rhetorical device of such discourses themselves for at least three centuries.