This week's lecture discusses a number of rhetorical techniques and how they are used to create meaning in non-fiction literary works. Some of these techniques are ones that we have seen used in other literary forms we've discussed, while others are more unique to non-fiction essays. In order to explore these connections and differences, choose one essay from the readings this week, and then go back through the Unit 2 and 3 readings to find a short story or poem that you think deals with a similar theme. Be creative when figuring out shared themes—there may be some interesting ones that are not immediately obvious because of the difference in forms. Once you have chosen your two pieces, consider the rhetorical techniques—voicing, tone, imagery, symbolism, rhetorical appeals, etc.—that the authors of the two works use. Do they use similar rhetorical techniques? How do the techniques used seem to affect the way the theme is addressed?
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