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Figures of Rhetoric

Schemes--that is, variations from typical word or sentence formation--and tropes, which are variations from typical patterns of thought. Figures of speech.

Ex: "When I first saw her, my soul began to quiver."

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Flashforward

A part of the plot that jumps ahead in time and returns to the present.

Ex: Oedipus is told he will sleep with his mother and kill his father by a prophet.

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Heuristic

A systematic strategy or method for solving problems. It is a strategy involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error and is relating to exploratory problem-solving techniques that utilize self-educating techniques to improve performance.

Ex: Lawrence Lessig has argued that patents in different industries should be given different amounts of time, using this strategy.

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House Analogy

In ancient Roman oratory, the method that speakers used to memorize their speeches, connecting the introduction to the porch of a house, the narration and partition to the front foyer, the confirmation and refutation to rooms connected to the foyer, and the conclusion to the back door.

Ex: Julius Caesar most likely used this method to memorize his speeches.

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Hyperbaton

Unusual or inverted word order.

Ex: "Size matters not. Judge me by my size, do you?" (Yoda).

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Imagery

Language that evokes particular sensations or emotionally rich experiences in a reader.

Ex 1: Edgar Allan Poe uses imagery in The Fall of the House of the Usher.

Ex 2: "…ran for a huge black knotted trees whose massed leaves made a fabric against the rain…" (Fitzgerald 93).

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Implied Metaphor

A metaphor embedded in a sentence rather than expressed directly as a sentence.

Ex 1: "John swelled and rustled his plumage." (John was a peacock.)

Ex 2: "Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart" (Fitzgerald 25).

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Inductive Reasoning

Reasoning that begins by citing a number of specific instances or examples and then shows how collectively they constitute a general principle.

Ex: This ice is cold. Thus, all ice is cold.

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Intention

The goal a writer or speaker hopes to achieve with the text.

Ex: One of John Steinbeck's intentions in The Grapes of Wrath was to end humans' inhumanity to fellow humans.

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Jargon

The specialized vocabulary of a particular group.

Ex: Bilateral periorbital hematoma (a black eye).
This is an example of jargon doctors use.

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Konnoi Topoi

People's topics; ordinary patterns of reasoning; also called basic topics.

Ex: Topics include justice, peace, rights, and movie theaters.

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Latinate Diction

Vocabulary characterized by the choice of elaborate, often complicated words from Latin roots.

Ex: Words like "deviate," "aqueduct," and "insulate".

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Limited Narration

A narrative in which the reader or viewer has access to the unspoken thoughts of one character or partial thinking of more than one character.

Ex: "Murgatroyd met Madeline on New Year's Eve in 2002. He attended a party and she opened the door. Her hair! Only a goddess could have hair so fine."

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Litotes

Ironical understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary

Ex 1: You won't be sorry, meaning you'll be glad.

Ex 2: "This is no ordinary city" rather than "this is an impressive city".

Ex 3: "I lived at West Egg, the--well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag…" (Fitzgerald 9).
Ex: Not unattractive

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Logic

The art of reasoning.

Ex: All humans are mortal. Socrates is human. Thus, Socrates is mortal.

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Logos

The appeal of a text based on the logical structure of its argument or central ideas.

Ex: "If there really were such strong evidence of racial bias in the justice system it would be newsworthy. . ." (Taylor 6).

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Mood

The feeling that a text is intended to produce in the audience.

Ex: In John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, the mood is mostly dark and gloomy.

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Narrative

An anecdote or a story offered in support of a generalization, claim, or point. Also, a function in texts accomplished when the speaker or writer tells a story.

Ex: "A good man, gray on the edges, an assistant manager in a brown starched and ironed uniform, is washing the glass windows of the store...Good night, m'ijo! he tells a young boy coming out after playing the video game..." (Dagoberto Gilb)

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Omniscient Narration

A narrative in which the reader or viewer has access to the unspoken thoughts of all the characters.

Ex: Our Town by Thornton Wilder.

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Parable

A usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.

Ex: Ignacy Krasicki's "The Blind Man and the Lame."

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Paradox

A statement that seems untrue on the surface but is true nevertheless.

Ex: "Not having a fashion is a fashion."

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Paronomasia

To call with a slight change of name; a play on words. A pun of sorts.

Ex: "Independence is what a boy wants from his father when he wants to be let a loan."
A loan replaces alone.

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Partition

In ancient Roman oratory, the part of a speech where the speaker would divide the main topic into parts.
Usually a part of the narratio.
Names the issues in dispute.
Lists arguments to be used in order of their appearance in the paper.

Ex: Julius Caesar used partitions to better communicate his argument.

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Pathos

The appeal of a text to the emotions or interests of the audience.

Ex: ". . . Helped feed a wave of national breast-beating over the unfairness of the juvenile justice system" (Taylor 1).

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Peer Review

A system calling for writers to read or listen to one another's work and suggest ways to improve it.

Ex: In AP US History, we peer reviewed each other's take-home DBQs.

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Pentad

Kenneth Burke's system for analyzing motives and actions in communication. The five points of the pentad are act, agent, agency, scene, and purpose.

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Periphrasis

The substitution of an attributive word or phrase for a proper name, or the use of a proper name to suggest a personality characteristic.

Ex 1: "He was no Romeo; but then again, she was no Juliet."

Ex 2: "…I stared at it, like Kant at his church steeple…" (Fitzgerald 93).

Ex 3: She wasn't a Gabby, unfortunately for her.

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Persona

The character that a writer or speaker conveys to the audience; the plural is personae. It is the aspect of someone's character that is presented to or perceived by others.

Ex 1: "her public persona"

Ex 2: In The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is a persona.

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Personae

The plural of persona.

Ex: Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby.

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Personification

The giving of human characteristics to inanimate objects.

Ex: The fall season has been personified as "sitting on a granary floor" (Keats).

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Persuasion

The changing of people's minds or actions by language.

Ex: Protect the environment, for it is what the lives of your children and the future of the world will depend on.

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Petitio Principi

Begging of the question; disagreeing with premises or reasoning.

Ex: "The bible says god exists and the bible must be right since it is the revealed word of god, so god exists."

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Planning

Determining appropriateness of information for audience and for purpose.

Ex: I am in the planning and drafting stages of my research paper.