Rhetorical Devices Used in Speech Crafting
Rhetorical Devices are techniques a speaker might use to increase the impact of their words when crafting
their speech. Think of this as trying to arrange your words in a way that has a lasting, memorable impact.
Famous quotes and sound bites often include rhetorical devices.
DEVICE WITH SOUND examples
stream of words w/ same opening sound: Minnie Mouse makes major moolah.
A word that imitates its sound. THWACK, ccchhching!
Rhyme “If it catches your eye; give it a try”
DEVICE USING REPETITION example
Repetition: We are not alone. We are not alone
repeating or phrase for emphasis: ALSO
MLK repeats I have a dream many times in
his I Have A Dream Speech.
CAN TAKE DIFFERENT FORMS:
The Mountains look on Marathon. And
Marathon look on the sea. ~ Lord Byron
of the people; by the people; for the people.
Repeat the same pattern of words, but change (used above along with the Power of 3)
one element of the phrase:
“Like father, like son.”
“Easy come, easy go.” DEVICE TO DRAW ATTENTION e