Consider the reading Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Paranoid Style of American Policing” https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/illegitimacy-and-american-policing/422094/ 
 

Identify three examples of rhetorical devices used in Coates’ texts and explain how the author is using each device to persuade his readers.
 

Use the list of rhetorical strategies on this week’s resources page: 

Rhetorical Strategies, Devices, Techniques

The following is a list of rhetorical strategies, devices, and techniques commonly found in persuasive writing. :
 

Diction: word choice (can be abstract or concrete)
 

Emotive/charged words: words that evoke an emotional response

Figures of Speech: a word or phrase used in a non-literal sense for rhetorical or vivid effect

Simile: a comparison between unlike things using “like” or “as”

Hyperbole: an exaggeration or overstatement 

Metaphor: a comparison between unlike things, either implied or stated (not using “like” or “as”)

Personification: giving a thing human qualities  

Imagery: language that evokes the five senses

visual imagery: sight

tactile imagery: touch

olfactory imagery: smell

gustatory imagery: taste

auditory imagery: hearing

Repetition: repetition of a word or phrase 

Alliteration: repetition of consonant sounds

Assonance: repetition of vowel sounds 

Anaphora: repetition of a word, phrase, or clause at the start of two or more sentences in a row

Allusion: a reference to a well-known person, place, or thing from literature, history, etc.  

Analogy: a comparison between two things to explain or clarify

Rhetorical Question: an assertion in the guise of a question (a response is not expected)

The Three Appeals: Aristotle’s three appeals of argument

Ethos: establishes an author’s credibility

Pathos: appeals to a reader’s emotions

Logos: appeals to a reader’s sense of logic

Parallel Structure: using the same pattern of a word, phrase, or clause 

Antithesis: pointing out opposites to make a point 

Euphemism: using a pleasant phrase in place of an unpleasant one

Humor: amusing or comedic expression

Irony: an expression, often humorous or sarcastic, that exposes absurdity or perversity

Statistics: numbers or percentages that make an impression

* Follow MLA format when quoting: Coates states, “——–.”