Rhetorical devicesWhat are some rhetorical devices used in the fugitive slave act of the 1850's?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
I don't think you are going to find too many from the above list. It's not a literary document. Basically, it's informative. You will find persuasive language in the form of hyperbole more than anything else. In other words, there will be exaggeration for effect.
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

If you are looking for an answer as to what to look for when identifying rhetorical devices, here are a few common ones:

In essence, you are trying to identify ways that the writers of the document used language with artistic or aesthetic purpose. Rhetorical language is, in the end, language used artfully.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial