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What is the difference between rhetorical and literary devices, and what are some...

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nfern123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2010 at 3:05 AM via web

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What is the difference between rhetorical and literary devices,

and what are some examples for both of them?

the Summer homework i have to do says "based on the rhetoical device ..." and the next question ask " based on the literay devices...."

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hadley818 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 14, 2010 at 4:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Authors use rhetorical devices mainly for persuasion. Rhetorical devices include repetition, emotional/logical appeal, irony, rhetorical question (a question that is meant to provoke thought, not an answer), parallelism (repetition of sentence structure), hyperbole (exaggeration), and compare/contrast. Rhetorical devices are important in political documents such as the Declaration of Independence and persuasive speeches.

Literary devices are also important in persuasion, but the list is a little broader. The purpose of a literary device is to bring meaning to a text and basically tell a story. There are dozens of literary devices, including alliteration, foreshadowing, flashback, allusion, metaphor, oxymoron, personification, and symbolism.

Rhetorical devices are more about the author's feeling toward a subject and his or her use of persuasion, while literary devices are more about telling a story.

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