Neighbors peered at us as we walked by their eyes weighed us their eyes judged us and at the peered we straightened our backs and lifted our chins in contempt we didn’t care what they thought what rhetorical technique dose the passage best exemplify a: understatement b: parallelism c: hyperbole d: satire
I want to say option D. but you may want to get a second opinion :)
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Here are the definitions of each word, which one makes more sense to you?
the presentation of something as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is.
"a master of English understatement" · [more]
minimization · trivialization · euphemism · understatedness · restraint · reserve · underplaying · underemphasis · subtlety · delicacy · litotes · meiosis
the state of being parallel or of corresponding in some way.
"Greek thinkers who believed in the parallelism of microcosm and macrocosm"
similarity · likeness · resemblance · analogy · correspondence · equivalence · correlation · comparison · relation · symmetry · parity · parallelism · similitude · coequality
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
"he vowed revenge with oaths and hyperboles" · [more]
exaggeration · overstatement · magnification · amplification · embroidery · embellishment · overplaying · excess · overkill · purple prose · puffery
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
mockery · ridicule · derision · scorn · caricature · irony · sarcasm
Satire is a literary resource, which can be written in verse or prose. Its objective is the criticism of the characters involved, relieving their vices and defects with a playful, moralizing or brutally grotesque intention. In this text we can see it written in prose in the first person; the main characters shows feelings of shame and his antagonist is clearly taking the power for making fun of him. That is how we identified the satire:
"Neighbors peered at us as we walked by their eyes weighed us their eyes judged us and at the peered we straightened our backs and lifted our chins in contempt we didn’t care what they thought."
In addition, understatement, parallelism and hyperbole are not found in the text:
Understatement: Uses denial to do something or someone less
Example: "He is not handsome" instead of "He is ugly"
Parallelism: Uses components in a sentence that are similar in its sound, meaning or construction.
Example: "The more you care, the more you have to lose."
Hyperbole: It is an exaggeration within the text.
Example: "It hurts so much, that I run out of air."
Is this a multiple choice question? If so, what are the options.
If not, the rhetorical device used is an anaphora because in the verses "Their eyes weighed us, their eyes judged us." the phrase their eyes is repeated.