Rhetorical Devices Smore Project

7th Period and Group 6



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    a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.


Caricature is a device used in descriptive writing and visual arts where particular aspects of a subject are exaggerated to create a silly or comic effect.

During the 16th century, numerous painters (Holbein, Bruegel, and Bosch for example) used particular aspects of caricature in their work.

Funny Caricatures Of Famous People

Ad Hominem



(of an argument or reaction) arising from or appealing to the emotions and not reason or logic.

relating to or associated with a particular person.


There are cases where consciously or unconsciously people start to question the opponent or his personal association rather than evaluating the soundness and validity of the argument that he presents.

Arguers who are not familiar with the principles of making logical arguments commonly end up saying something that would draw the audience’s attention to the distasteful characteristics of the individual.

Ad Hominem (Short Film)

Incorrect Premise


A false premise is an incorrect proposition that forms the basis of an argument or syllogism. Since the premise (proposition, or assumption) is not correct, the conclusion drawn may be in error.



  • If the streets are wet, it has rained recently. (premise)
  • The streets are wet. (premise)
  • Therefore it has rained recently. (conclusion)
  • Appeal to False Authority commercial examples