Rhetorical Strategies Maddy michaelson p.5


Love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's compatriots; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country

Example: "Those who love their country never wish to rule it."

Scare tactics

a strategy intended to manipulate public opinion about a particular issue by arousing fear or alarm.

Example: those smoking commercials that show the past smoker with the. holes in their throats "you never worry if there is lipstick on your teeth anymore if you keep smoking"


the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to avoid repetition, such as do in I like it and so do they.

Example: “My life is my purpose. My life is my goal. My life is my inspiration.”

“Buying nappies for the baby, feeding the baby, playing with the baby: This is what your life is when you have a baby.

Rhetorical question

a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.

Examples: Is the pope catholic?

Is rain wet?

You didn't possibly think I would say yes to that did you?

Do you want to be a big failure for the rest of your life?

Does a bear poop in the woods?

Can fish swim?

Can birds fly?


the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

Examples: I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.

I work 40 hours a week to be this poor.

Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.


an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

Examples: “I was surprised his nose was not growing like Pinocchio’s.”

“When she lost her job, she acted like a Scrooge, and refused to buy anything that wasn’t necessary.”


the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Examples: Alice’s aunt ate apples and acorns around August.

Becky’s beagle barked and bayed, becoming bothersome for Billy.

Figurative language

Figurative language is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation.


Metaphor: The world is my oyster.

Simile: busy as a bee

Personification: Opportunity knocked on the door.

Hyperbole: you snore louder than a freight train

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