Rhetorical Devices #5 Arizona Jefferson & Katherine Raglin

Rhetorical Shift

re-tor-ikel shi-ft

Definiton: a change in mood or attitude that is accompanied by a change in the focus and language of a literary scene, passage or theme

Example: a spokesperson from the CDC is explaining a disease outbreak and giving her assessment of it. She might interrupt her explanation to give a full description of the illness' symptoms and means of treatment.

Syntax

sin-tax

Definition: an abrupt change in grammatical or syntactical structure.

Example: incorrect: Before we go to the movies. correct: I need to rest before we go to the movies.

Synthesis

sin-the-sis

Definition: combining a number of different parts or ideas to come up with a new idea or theory.

Example: reading several books and using all of the information to come up with a thesis on the subject.

Tricolon

try-colon

Definition: three words, phrases, or sentences combine to make a single, powerful impression.

Example: Veni, Vidi, Vici; I came, I saw, I conquered

Zeugma

zu-gme

Definition: two or more words, phrases, or clauses that are tied by the same verb

Example: She ran out of time and towards her room.

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