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Rhetorical forms, hooker murder, and you




I thought it might be fun to explain a few various rhetorical devices in a really practical manner, so I came up with a bunch of hooker murder accusations (and we all know how often you have to accuse someone of murdering a hooker) that demonstrate these devices. The accusations are levelled at a totally fictional and not at all real person with the absolutely made up name Chris James. For simplicity, we''ll call him C. James. Examples after the jump.

One of the simplest devices is Anaphora, which is the repetition of words at the beginning of a sentence. Winston Churchill's "we shall fight" speech is a well-known example. Here is another example:

He murders hookers in their sleep. He murders hookers in front of their children. He murders hookers in every way imaginable, usually settling upon the most vile method he can conceive of. Above all, he murders hookers with astonishing frequency.

The inverse of Anaphora is Epistrophe, which is the repetition of words at the end, rather than the beginning, of a sentence. Here is an example of Epistrophe (which is also a killer Monk tune):

His mind fixates upon hooker murder. His soul craves hooker murder. His perverse lust demands hooker murder; and, finally, his body performs the act of hooker murder.

A Chiasmus occurs when words are repeated with their order reversed, as we see in the following:

It is not the hooker murder which causes his bloodlust; it is the bloodlust which causes him to murder hookers.

A slightly more complicated device is Anadiplosis. Anadiplosis involves using the same phrase at the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next sentence. This technique can be repeated for effect, as we see in the next example:

The evil in his soul drives his lust. His lust drives him towards the women of the night. The women of the night awaken his passion for murder, and his passion for murder leaves them dead.

You can also combine devices, as seen in the following example, which begins with Epistrophe before ending with an example of Chiasmus:

He abuses a hooker's body; he molests a hooker's body; he defiles a hooker's body. A hooker's body becomes the most defiled thing on earth when C. James is through with it.

The preceding example also makes use of Cataphora, a device where the subject's name is withheld until the end of the phrase

Finally, Paralipsis is an interesting device where the speaker pretends not to say something he is, in fact, saying:

I have no interest in discussing C. James' obsession with murdering hookers. I have no intention of discussing the various ways in which he dismembers their corpses, and I would be absolutely revolted were I forced to describe the ways in which he abused them sexually.

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