Item 1: Cartoon

A.     Rhetorical Devices:

  1. Symbol

The hand made of iron represents modern technology.

  1. Metaphor

The image of the hand holding the globe stands for the action of people in protecting the Earth.

  1. Rhetorical question

The question “ Could you hold this for a millennium?” implies a wonder whether the modern technology can protect the Earth forever or not.

B.     Message:

Nothing can protect the Earth but the consciousness of the human.

Source: http://www.muenster.org/mauritz/projekte_in/EnglishCartoon/EnglishCartoon.html

Item 2: Poem

Life is like a river

Life is like a river,
In the beginning,
It bubbles a lot,
As if forever.

A child also thinks,
He or she,
Can live forever,
They think life’s a crystal stair.

Then the river slows,
as life reaches its lows,
and of course,
it’s highs.

It then becomes smooth,
when we become lazy,
then it feels as if it’s not moving
that’s is our old age

Then it goes out
into the ocean just like
us, going up
into the heavens.

Savor every moment
as the wind blows in your hair
when one life ends
another begins.

A.     Rhetorical devices:

  1. Rhyme:

River- forever; Slow- low; smooth- moving.

  1. Simile:

Life is like a river

  1. Parallelism:

“It bubbles a lot,
As if forever.”

“…Then the river slows,
as life reaches its lows…”

”Savor every moment
as the wind blows in your hair”

B.     Message:

Everything has its end, our life, either. Therefore, let’s live on the best of ourselves and be always optimistic.

Source: http://poems.coolnsmart.com/poems/life-poems/

Item 3: Cartoon


A.     Rhetorical Devices:

  1. Metonomy:

The service assistant represents the ineffective customer service system.

  1. Irony:

The service assistant just asks question by question. In fact, he cannot give any help to his customer.

B.     Message:

Nowadays, many customer service offices do not bring good service to the customers.

Source:

http://cartoontester.blogspot.com/2011/04/testers-are-ninjas.html

2 responses »

  1. Hi Nhung, I think your entry is quite good, but I have some comments for you
    In item 2, there is another rhetorical device.
    – Repetition: forever, then
    About the message, I agree with you that everything is also has the beginning and the finishing, so does the life.
    Besides, in my opinion, you should choose a short story instead of 2 cartoon images to make your entry more interesting and perfect.

  2. – In the first item, i think that symbol is not used and metonymy is shown clearly (an iron hand of robot represents modern technology). Moreover, I totally disagree with your message. Message: “Technology is developing rapidly and perhaps it will hold the whole earth and replace people’s role”.

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