Some of the rhetorical devices that reveal the differences in the author’s purpose is diction. In The Epilogue of “The Tempest”, Shakespeare uses a lot of effective words. Shakespeare used words such as “confined” to tell us that Prospero was trapped in the island and he doesn’t want to go back to Naples. He also uses words like “release me from my bands”. He means that with our help we should release him with our applause. These are some examples of the diction that Shakespeare uses. Shakespeare’ s diction is a very important part of the play. For The Custom House Nathaniel Hawthorne uses formal diction. It is very formal because he uses words such as “truculency” and “vixenly”. He uses many formal wor...
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...h the use of some rhetorical devices. The passages reveal the differences in the author’s dual purposes through the use of diction, tone, and personas. The most interesting of these three rhetorical devices was persona. It’s really interesting when a writer like Shakespeare writes a story or play using other characters and at the same time is telling his own personal life. The same goes for Nathaniel Hawthorne. There were two personas in “The Scarlet Letter”, one telling the story of the scarlet letter and the other, making a satirical statement about the state of contemporary politics. To me, this is amazing and makes me relate to it, remembering of those times at school where I feel awkward and feel as a different person but as soon as I get home I feel like my own self once again and I realized that we can all have two different personas in ourselves.
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