Rhetorical Devics in Jullius Caesar

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RHETORICAL DEVICES FOUND IN JULIUS CAESAR Rhetoric: language and effects used to impress or persuade an audience Repetition- Repetition is one of the simplest rhetorical devices. It is used to emphasise a key point or main idea. eg “I have a dream” and “Let freedom ring”. Emotive language Choice of words packed with emotion can influence an audience for or against your ideas, to be with you or against you. Words With Positive / Negative Connotation Rhetorical Question- A question asked for effect, but not necessarily needing to be answered. Exaggeration- Trying to impress or influence by overstating a viewpoint for effect. eg Millions of people were at Green Hills today. Understatement- As above, but understating a viewpoint for effect. Eg, There were a few at the after Christmas sale today, Allusion is referring to some text, person or event outside the present situation. The effect is to enrich the text by inviting the responder to consider more information than can be dealt with in detail. These include Biblical, political, philosophical, scientific and literary allusions. Contrast/Juxtaposition To present opposite viewpoints, or contrasting scenarios. Juxtaposition or contrast is created then two opposite viewpoints, ideas or concepts are placed close to each other for effect. Use of pronouns Second person – “You…..” is effective because the audience thinks they are being spoken to directly. Inclusive pronouns First person plural- “we”, “ours”. The effect of this is to connect the speaker with the audience, make the audience feel part of what the speaker is saying and suggest agreement. Excluding pronouns This excludes certain groups or distances the speaker from the opinions of some groups and/or the audience. Eg “They think it’s a good idea to ban Year 10 from eating fast food but we think otherwise.” Figurative
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