What are some rhetorical devices used in The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller?

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Rhetorical devices are persuasive devices, so the first question we want to ask ourselves is, "what does Keller want to persuade us to think?" I would argue that she is trying to persuade her readers of two main ideas: first, that for a disabled person like her the ability to communicate is incomparably important to living a whole life; second, she wants to persuade people that even a multiply handicapped individual can lead a rich, full life if allowed the opportunity.

Keller focuses on the first idea in the earlier part of her memoir. She wants to accentuate the difference between her life before and after Miss Sullivan taught her manual writing, opening up the world to her. She does this by using allusive language. She compares the life-changing entrance of Miss Sullivan to a miracle. She openly alludes to the Biblical story of the parting of the Red Sea. This is an archetypical tale of going from slavery and bondage to liberation and freedom. It is a story of traveling to a promised...

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