Item 1:

Two Blind Pilots

Two blind pilots both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a guide dog, and the other is tapping his way along the aisle with a cane.

Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin, but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up. The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming.

The plane moves faster and faster down the runway and the people sitting in the window seats realize they’re headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport. As it begins to look as though the plane will plough in to the water, panicked screams fill the cabin. At that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon all retreat into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands.

In the cockpit, one of the blind pilots turns to the other and says “ya know, Bob, one of these days, they’re gonna scream too late and we’re all gonna die.”

Rhetorical devices:

– Metaphor: The phrase “good hands” in the sentence “the plane is in good hands” are the blind pilots who flight well. It mentions to a compliment the pilot. “the men” in

– Parallelism: “the men enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up”; or “glancing nervously around, searching for some sign”.

–  Repetition: “gonna”

–  Irony: “they’re gonna scream too late and we’re all gonna die.”: the blind pilot want to exclaim to other that: Next time if the passengers scream later, it is sure that blind pilot will flight the plane into water. It also mentions to decry that pilot is blind.


In really life, there are many paradoxes which people can not anticipate or image. They might appear suddenly and take unlucky for them. However, those paradoxes will become gentler if people all help together.

Item 2:

To Maggie

The first time I laid eyes on you
A seed was sown within me.
Since then it has grown,
Its creeping tendrils ensnaring my heart,
Filling my head with thoughts of you.
Now a fiery blossom is blooming,
Radiating passion, stirring up longing.
Each day with you,
These feelings grow stronger.
Standing near you I am enchanted
For I am in the presence of an angel.
No longer can these feelings be held in.
From my chest they burst outward
In this confusion only one thing is certain.
I love you.

Petyr Botti-Anderson –


Rhetorical devices:

– Metaphor: seed (love, feeling); sown (arisen, appeared, placed); grown  (become nicer); tendrils (attraction, passion); blossom (love, feeling).

–  Emphatic inversion: “Standing near you I am enchanted”

“No longer can these feelings be held in.”

and “From my chest they burst outward”

–>  to emphasize Petyr Botti’s love to Maggie.

–   Metonymy:  angel (love)


Love is always something very strong and powerful, which makes loving and loved people become flaming barrier in their mind. It is also magical, bright, pure and unspoken thing; love  it must be begun from natural chances between opposite sexes. That is just true and noble love.

Item 3

Western businessman asking eastern guru what’s the meaning of life

Rhetorical devices:

Rhetorical devices:

–  Metonymy: Western businessman – developed countries inWestern Europe

Eastern guru – developing countries inEastern Asia

Important meeting – busy living

–  Oxymoron: “meaning of life” goes with “half an hour” à showing feature (industrial and busy living depend on time) of theWestern Europecountries.

–  Simile: seeing in the picture is difference between clothes and transportation of two characters as well as two groups of countries

–  Irony: why person of a power country want to ask a person of weaker country “what’s meaning of life?”


Nowadays, people in industrial world have to save their waste time and focus to develop economy and society. The power countries always create their own living maxim. This is



About nguyenthithuy16061990

name: nguyen thi thuy group: QH09E12 - hulis birthday: 1990/16/06

4 responses »

  1. Here is some comments for you.
    In item 1: I think that “mountains were rugged and bare, the angry sky, rain fell with
    lightening played, etc “is not the metaphor of trouble and noise from nature. In my opinion, It is the trouble and difficulty in the life. And “the mother bird had built her nest” – the way the people keep calm and overcome and live in the difficulty. Moreover, the message I see from this story that ” the real peace does not depend on the background, but wherever, the peace is in your feeling and your heart.”
    In item 2: I confused about this rhetorical device “Emphatic inversion: “Standing near you I am enchanted”

    “No longer can these feelings be held in.”

    “From my chest they burst outward”

    –> to emphasize Petyr Botti’s love to Maggie.”
    I think it is just the romatic way to express the feeling of love.
    In item 3: I wonder if this picture shows that saving time or developing the economic related to religious problem

  2. I would like to have a comment on item 2. maybe it also has rhetorical device, it is climax:
    – in the first time…it has grown
    – each day with you…these feelings grow stronger
    => there is an increase in the level of love

  3. I wonder the emphatic inversion as you say really be a rhetorical devices or not. As I think, it’s not but I really don’t know what it calls. The other content I agree with you.

  4. Hi Thuy!
    I must say what creative you are based on the variety of items you choose. You know, it brings fun to the audience. there are only some of my comments should be considered:

    – Item 1: it would be better if you generalize the story’s message. This is a suggestion: Peace is not brought by elements around us, it exists in ourselves.

    – Item 2 + 3: the messages should be shortened and edited for clearer meaning.

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