Rhetorical Analysis Of The Moonstone

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Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone is considered to be one of the first detective novels. Because the nature of detective novels is to persuade the reader that a certain crime or act was committed, there must be many rhetorical devices used. Rhetoric is the art of convincing a person of something using speech. Rhetoric can appeal to one’s emotions or reason in a variety of ways. Gabriel Betteredge, the fictional narrator of the first section of The Moonstone, uses many of these different techniques to reveal the secrets and struggles behind the loss of the Moonstone. Pathos is a rhetorical device by which the author or a speaker in the story “tricks” the reader into believing his words by inciting a certain emotion in his readers’ hearts. A person

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