AP LA 3 4th hour
October 30, 2014
Non-Fiction Essay #1
Rhetorical strategies are everywhere especially in the book As the Caged Bird Sings By: Maya Angelo. There are several examples of repetition, rhetorical questions, dialect, and similes but there are three that really stood out to me allusions, alliteration and parallelism. Just by knowing and understanding what these three rhetorical strategies were it made the book a lot clearer and I could understand it more. By using allusion, alliteration and parallelism, Angelo proves that it was hard growing up in the 1930’s as a young black woman.
As Angelo grew up in a small town in rural Stamps, Arkansas she grew to learn about herself and other people around her. Angelo had some ruff times in Stamps, she didn’t like the laws and she used allusion to express that. “The laws were so absolute, so clearly set down, that I knew if a person truly wanted to avoid hell and brimstone, and being roasted forever in the devil's fire, all she had to do was memorize Deuteronomy and follow its teaching, word for word.” By saying “I knew if a person truly wanted to avoid hell and brimstone, and being roasted forever in the devil's fire”, she expressed the allusion in this by saying avoid hell and being roasted forever in the devil’s fire. Going off of this statement rhetorical purpose comes out of it also. Angelo had a purpose on saying this; she wanted everyone to know that the town she was living in was basically a living hell. As a kid Angelo was very observant. Not only was Angelo using allusion she also used alliteration to get her voice across. Angelo said, “I mastered the art of crocheting and tatting, and there was a lifetime's supply of dainty doilies that would never be used in sacheted dresser drawers.” The words crocheting and tatting both have that ing sound at the end. Dainty doilies and dresser drawers also, they all had that d sound to the beginning of it. By using alliteration...
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