contains a compendium of 200+ brief audio
and video clips illustrating 40 different figures
of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by
Greek and Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period.
each rhetorical device, definitions and examples (text, audio,
video) are provided. Audio and video examples are taken from
public speeches and sermons, movies, songs, lectures, oral
interpretations of literature, and other media events.
artifacts have been edited further to make the devices easier to
detect. In the interest of diversity, a range of
voices and perspectives is included.
"Mr. Whistler is asleep. Now, from that
action, I take it that he has no interest in what I have to say. The
puzzle is, that being the case, why is he here at all? So, we construct
a plot from Mr. Whistler's actions: he comes, he
sleeps. Now, Aristotle would say that the next question is not
why, but what is Mr. Whistler going to do next? [Mr.
Whistler wakes up.] Good morning, Mr.
Whistler. My class is not compulsory, neither are my chairs very
"Alright, I'm going."
"Thank you. He comes, he sleeps, he
goes. So the plot thickens...."
"Perhaps you're familiar with the old
saw, "You can't
beat the house." No matter how many poor souls you turn into popsicles,
the fix is in. The world in which you awaken will be one incapable of
sustaining human life. And why? Because at the critical tipping point,
one tragically quixotic, megalomaniac cannibalized humanity of the very
minds that might have been its salvation. You see, if you were a betting
man, you would understand that now trumps later, every
time. The futureís a suckerís bet. A maybe.
A contingency. A what-if. The only thing
that is real is the present...."