As a rhetorical device employed by the character, Alex uses a type of pathos in his slang as a rhetorical device, in a manner that connects him with readers through shared emotion and feeling. He becomes a sympathetic character also as Burgess portrays him as suffering in a distinctly modern way in a type of unconsciousness to identity, yet in positioning Alex as an anti-hero Burgess uses the rhetorical technique of ethos as he as an author seeks to bond with the audience over a shared value, namely the opposition to violence, totalitarianism, and fascism. Burgess’ use of language through Nadsat makes Alex as a character more “other” to the reader. In highlighting Alex’s otherness through rhetorical devices, Burgess creates a common ethos with his audience. That is his goal in one manner when deploying this as a literary device in the construction of the novel. In terms of the novel itself, it can be viewed as a type of speaking to the assembly, though the crowd is the dispersed readership, and at the same time a rhetorical work because in its themes there is actually an advocacy to do the opposite of the anti-hero presented by Burgess as a message to society at large. Also fundamental to our concept of Rhetoric is the work commonly attributed to Cicero which modern scholars dispute, namely the Latin text Rhetorica ad Herenniu. The Argot or Slang-Language Nadsat Using the Strategies of Classical and Modern Rhetoric.
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