Identifying Rhetorical Devices

March 23, 2014
Captain E.F. Rollins

Identifying Rhetorical Devices
Article Review – Free Trade Boosts US Exports and Creates American Jobs

This article is full of innuendos and proof surrogates. For example, the phrase “Finally, after more than four years…” insinuates that it took too long to get to the point of passing the free trade agreements and puts a negative slant on the opposition (Reinsch, 2011). On the reverse side, the phrases “…more than 75 percent…and more than 80 percent...reached more than $28 billion…” are used to imply that the percentage and dollar amounts are more than they are and to elicit support in favor of passing the free trade agreements (Reinsch, 2011).
An example of a proof surrogate found in this article is “For those of us who speak for hundreds of US companies…” (Reinsch, 2011). This statement does not state who specifically is in support nor indicates what companies they support but is used to emphasize the importance of their statements in this article regarding passing the free trade agreements without citing any sources.
The overall characteristics of these rhetorical devices are that the statements in support of the free trade agreements are positive or are used to shed positive light and the statements against the opposition are negative or are used to shed negative light. The impact of these rhetorical devices has on the article is that the reader will determine that free trade is good for the US economy and that the opposition to free trade was wrong for opposing, that is unless the reader utilizes critical thinking skills in order to sift through the rhetoric.

Reinsch, Bill. "Free Trade Boosts US Exports and Creates American Jobs." Free Trade. Ed. Ann Aubrey Hanson and Lynn M. Zott. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Congress Finally Gets It: Free Trade Is Good for America." Christian Science Monitor. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Mar. 2014.
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