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A Rhetorical Stylistic Devices in The Story of Daddy Issues by Sandra T. Loh

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Amplification is a rhetorical stylistic device whereby a word or a phrase is repeated for the purpose of emphasis. Looking at the Daddy Issues, the author tells us that “ standing ghoulishly tall in the bed, delivers a speech so horrifying, so unexpected, and so perfectly calculated to destroy his son’ s spirit” (Loh, 2012). In the context, the author had his mind far fixed on high social and financial status, but all over sudden is awakened by the ailing father. The choice of using amplification, therefore, shows that the father’ s situation was somehow a nuisance.

The speech from the old man now appears to be a disturbing one, the one that doesn’ t mind the position or the duty of any one. At any given time, the old man has to be listened to. Another amplification technique that has been applied by the writer is the description of how desperate he was for support from friends; he says that “ indeed if they knew all the facts, I believe any group of sensible, sane individuals would actually roll up their shirtsleeves and pitch in” (Loh, 2012).

The amplification part is the call for a sensible friend, and to stress it more a sane individual. The main intention of the writer here was to have a person who would fully understand his situation without judging it otherwise; the same individual should then proceed with assistance. The utterance of these words would also suggest that the writer had friends, but they could not help him out with the problems he was encountering. NarrativesThe narrative is the introduction of a story within a story. From the onset, the author narrates to us his relationship with his father, but somewhere along the way, he chooses to introduce another story, “ let us begin by considering A Bittersweet Season, by Jane Gross… Gross undertook the care of her mother in a professional way as possible” (Loh, 2012) and there he goes explaining how Jane Gross handled how case.  

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