Rhetorical Devices By Shana and Luisa
Poisoning the well- o prime the audience with adverse information about the opponent from the start, in an attempt to make your claim more acceptable, or discount the credibility of your opponent’s claim. Example: Tim: Boss, you heard my side of the story why I think Bill should be fired and not me. Now, I am sure Bill is going to come to you with some pathetic attempt to weasel out of this lie that he has created.
Premise- something previously stated or assumed as the basis of further argument Example: Claims
Red Herring-Attempting to redirect the argument to another issue that to which the person doing the redirecting can better respond. A deliberate diversion of attention with the intention of trying to abandon the original argument. Example: Billy: How could the universe be 6000 years old when we know the speed of light, the distance of astronomical objects (13+ billion light years away), and the fact that the light has reached us?Marty: 6000 years is not a firm number. The universe can be as old as about 10,000 years. Billy: How do you figure that?...
Rhetorical Shift- a change in linguistic tone that can be signaled by a transition word like "but," "however," or "then." Example: The weather outside was very pleasant, however Jennifer was feeling very depressed.
Syntax-a set of rules in a language. It dictates how words from different parts of speech are put together in order to convey a complete thought. Example: “What light from yonder window breaks?” instead of using a common expression “What light breaks from yonder window?” Pronunciation: Sin-tax