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What are a few rhetorical devices that William Faulkner uses in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech? Such devices as alliteration parallelism repetition

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Faulkner, speaking in 1950, uses several examples of alliteration, or beginning words that are next to each other or near each other with the same sound. Examples are "ding dong of doom" and "he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." In the latter example, the "s" sound is repeated in "soul," "spirit," and "sacrifice." Alliteration helps to create a musical, sing-song quality that is pleasing to the ear and that makes prose more poetic.

Faulkner also uses parallelism, a literary device in which words or phrases in a list are phrased in similar ways. For example, he says the following:

"It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past."

In the example above, two phrases begin with "by" followed by a word ending in "ing" ("lifting" and "reminding"). In addition, there is a series of words after "of the," and this...

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