contains definitions and examples of more than sixty
rhetorical devices, (including rhetorical tropes and rhetorical
figures) all of which can still be useful today to improve the
effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing. Note: This book
was written in 1980, with some changes since. The devices presented are
not in alphabetical order. To go directly to the discussion of a
device, click on the name below. If you know these already, go directly
to the Self Test . To learn
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Rhetorical essays (like most other essay types) require a formal format. Therefore, to write a good rhetorical essay it is necessary to avoid slang, lingo and jargon. Keep the things succinct and simple. Assure correct grammar and spelling. Make certain that you use consistent writing style throughout the paper. Use referred transitions to move from one thought to another, from one citation to another, from one point of view to another. An excellent rhetorical essay reads smoothly and elegantly; it discusses a hot topic, and provides logical arguments, followed by expert opinions and just a bit of emotion to show the audience that you are hot about the topic.