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Rhetorical Strategies

Sep 5, 2022

 Most commonly used rhetorical devices: 

  1. Direct Address: When the audience is directly addressed using the second person pronouns, “you” and “your”. 
  1. Rule of Three: Where three things are connected or something is repeated thrice in order to emphasize them and ensure they are memorable. 
  1. Emotive Language: When specific kind of language is used with the intent of producing an emotional reaction. 
  1. Imperative Verbs: Verbs that give an instruction or command. 
  1. Repetition: Saying the same thing multiple times to highlight its importance. 
  1. Rhetorical Questions: Questions that are asked to make a point rather than to get an answer. 

To identify the rhetorical strategies, we need to first answer the following questions about the text: 

  1. Who is the speaker/writer? 
  1. Who is/are the audience? 
  1. What is the speaker/writer’s purpose and intention? 
  1. How does the speaker/writer achieve this through language use? 


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