Rhetorical Concepts

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The specific word choice an author uses to persuade or convey tone, purpose, or effect.
Closely aligned with narration-both rely on specific details. Emphasizes the senses by painting a picture of how something looks, sounds, smells, tasted, or feels.
The sense expressed by the tone of voice or the mood of pice of writing; the author's feelings toward his or her subject, characters, events, or themes. It might even be his or her
The language and speech idiosyncrasies of a specific area, region,or group.
Comparison of two unlike items using like or as
The manner in which a writer combines and arranges words, sharper ideas, and utilizes syntax and stucture.
Any text- whether written, spoken, or visual- that expresses a point of view. The purpose of it is to discover some version of the truth using evidence and reason.
Repetition of vowel sounds
A figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory elements as in 'wise fool'
Draw comparisons between two things, often point by point, in order to show similarity in certain respects or to argue that if two things are alike in one way they are probably ali
Explicit, literal, dictionary definition of a word
Attempting to describe nature and life without idealization and with attention to detail.
Provides a series of examples-facts, specific cases, or instances. Turns a general idea into a concrete on-makes your argument both clearer and more persuasive to the reader.
The use of words to convey a meaning in tension with or opposite to their literal meanings
An address or invocation to something inanimate
The acknowledged source of the words of the story; the speaker's or narrator's particular 'take' on an idea based on a particular passage and how all elements of the style of the p
A long sentence that starts with its main clause, which is followed by several dependent clauses and modifying phrases
A grammatically correct construction in which a word, usually a verb or adjective, is applied to two or more nouns without being repeated. Often used to comic effect
A literary work that holds up human failings to ridicule and censure
The occasion or the time and place the text was written or spoken
Special vocabulary of a trade or profession
A speech or written passage in praise of a person; and oration of a deceased person.
Explains how something works, how to do something, or how something was done.
Logical appeals
An accepted manner,model, or tradition.
A form of verbal irony in which apparent praise is actually critical. It can be light and gently poke fun at something, or it can be harsh, caustic, and mean.
A figure of speech in which a part signifies the whole
Word or phrase is repeated at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, or sentences
Burke's Pentad: how he did it
Parts of a sentence or clause are not in the usual subject-verb-object order
Use of parallel structure to mark contrast or opposition
The ordinary form of written language without metrical structure in contrast to vers and poetry
Parallel structure in which the parallel elements are similar not only in grammatical structure, but also in length
Rhetor's attitude toward the subject or audience
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Readers as they actually exist (may be unintentional)
The method of reasoning or argument in which general statements and conclusions are drawn from specific principals: movement from specific to general.
Speaker/writer uses clever humor to needle the listener with indirect comments, irony, and a discernible rythm
In argumentation, an assertion of something as fact
A scheme in which normal word order is changed for emphasis (reversed structures)
Any question asked for a purpose other than to obtain information the question asks
To ensure that writers and their audiences are speaking the same language, it may lay the foundation to establish common ground or identifying areas of conflict.
Sorts materials or ideas into major categories/answers the wuestion, 'what goes together and why?'
Repetition of the same sound beginning several words in sequence
Quiet, muted message
Something that stands for or represents something else, an object representing an abstraction
Goal that the rhetor wants to achieve
Readers existing in a writer's mind
A scheme in which the same word is repeated at the end of successive phrases,clauses, or sentences
Burke's Pentad: who did it
An earlier event is inserted into the normal chronology of the narration.
Opposition's perspective
Expression used in informal conversation but not accepted as good usage in speech or writing
Any sensory detail or evocation in a work; more narrowly, the use of figurative language to evoke a feeling, to call a mind an idea, or to describe and object.
Writing that is designed to change opinions through use of appeals
A comparison of two unlikely things that is drawn out within a piece of literature, in particular and extended metaphor within a poem. Can also be used in non-fiction and prose.
One verb governs several words, or clauses, each in a different state
The repetition of conjunctions in a series of coordinate words,phrasesm or clauses
A syntactical structure in which conjunctions are omitted in a series, usually producing more rapid prose
The method of argument in which specific statements and conclusions are drawn from general principals:movement from the general to the specific.
The location of one thing adjacent with another to create an effect, reveal and attitude, or accompish some other purpose
Use of grammatically similar phrases or clauses for special effect
A figure of speech that emphasizes its subject by conscious understatement
An assessment or analysis of something, such as a passage of writing, for the purpose of determining what it is, what its limitations are, adn how it conforms to the standard of th
Word's implied meanings
Make reference to a person,place, thing, event believing that it is common knowledge
Juxtaposing two things to highlight their similarities and differences.
Use of words to imitate natural sounds
Direct speech, words spoken by a character
DefinitionTerm
A poem or prose work that laments, or mediates upon the death of, a person or persons
Exaggeration (usually humorous)
Burke's Pentad: when/where it was done
The interpretation or analysis of a text
Burke's Pentad: why
Placement of ideas for effect
The way words are put together to form phrases, clauses, and sentences. It is sentence structure and how it influences the way the reader receives a particular piece of writing.
The repetition of two or more consonants with a change in the intervening vowels, such as pitter-patter, splish-splash, or click-clack
Comparison of two unlike items NOT using like or as
Burke's Pentad: what was done
A need, a gap, something wanting, that can be met, filled in, or supplied only by a spoken or written text
A sermon, but more contemporary uses include any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moreal or spititual life.
A figure of speech and generally a syntactical structure wherein the order of the terms in the first hal of a parallel clause is reversed in the second.
Claim that the writer strives to prove
A feeling or amience resulting from the tone of a piece as well as the writer/narrator's attitude and point of view. It is a 'feeling' that establishes the atmosphere in a work of
Writing that sets out to persuade at all costs abandoning reason, fairness, and truth all together
The realtion in which a narrator/author stands to a subject of discourse.
Tells a story or recounts a series of events. Can be based on personal experience or on knowledge gained from reading or observation.
A long sentence in which tha main claise is not completed until the end
Shorthand substitute of descriptive words or phrases for a proper name
Analyzes the causes that lead to a certain effect or the effects that result from a cause.
Giving human characteristics to inanimate objects/ideas
An indirect, kinder, or less harsh or hurtful way of expressing unpleasant information.
Play on words
A concise statements designed to make a point or illustrate a commonly held belief. For example, 'Spare the rod and spoil the child'
Emotional appeals
A conclusion or proposition arrived at by considering factsm observations, or some other specific data.
The central or dominant idea or focus of a work. The statement a passage makes about its subject
A statement that seems contradictory but may probably be true.
Readers represented in the text
Ethical appeals
The use of a part to represents the whole, or the use of one item tostand for another

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