Questions on Rhetorical Devices Part Two The passage that will be analysed for its use of rhetorical devices is found at the bottom of page 216 (the last paragraph). In this paragraph, the author attempts to show how different the position of the First Nations peoples is from other immigrants to Canada. The rhetorical devices that are used in this paragraph are: metaphor, repetition, and contrast. First addressed will be metaphor. Metaphor is used to depict the slavery of colonialism. The author states that many countries have “risen from under the yoke of colonialism” (216). The yoke is a device used to control farm animals (oxen) and reminds that colonialism does not treat other humans as human. Repetition is used with the words...The end:
..... sheep’s wool blankets” (211). Again, there is something of a relative helplessness in this depiction of the present and near past. This brief essay has maintained that the rhetorical terms that best reveal the relative helplessness of the First Nations peoples are: symbolism, example, and contrast. The adding of the term relative to alter the term helplessness has been an important consideration in this essay. The reason being, Maracle does not wish to present the First Nations peoples as helpless. They have a future ahead of them. But what Maracle does wish to do is demonstrate just how many forces are working against their future, making the struggle a particularly difficult one. And this is how the rhetorical terms function in her text.