Parallel Construction

Parallel Construction - 16 Parallel Construction 16.1 WHY...

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16.1 WHY CHOOSE PARALLELISM? Parallel construction , also called parallelism , shows that two or more ideas are equally important by stating them in grammatically parallel form: noun lined up with noun, verb with verb, phrase with phrase. Paral- lelism can lend clarity, elegance, and symmetry to what you say: I came; I saw; I conquered. —Julius Caesar Using three simple verbs to list the things he did, Caesar makes coming, seeing, and conquering all equal in importance. He also implies that for him, conquering was as easy as coming and seeing. In many ways writing is the act of saying I, of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying listen to me, see it my way, change your mind. —Joan Didion Didion gives equal importance to saying I, imposing oneself, and voicing certain commands. Furthermore, she builds one parallel construction into another. Using a series of imperative verbs, she puts equal weight on listen, see, and change. The result is a rhetorically commanding definition of the act of writing. 16 294 Parallel Construction
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