- A rhetorical question is a figure of speech.
- It is in the form of a question posed for its persuasive effect.
- There is no expectation of a reply.
- The use of a rhetorical questions is mostly to encourage the listener to think about what the (often obvious) answer to the question must be.
- The answer to a rhetorical question is quite often obvious.
- Rhetorical questions can therefore be used as a device by the speaker to assert or deny something.
- Negative assertions
- Henry Denham in the 1580s invented a "rhetorical question mark" for use at the end of a rhetorical question.
- The symbol was the reverse of an ordinary question mark - the main opening pointing away from the question (pictured).
- Does a bear shit in the woods?
- For what can war but endless war still breed? (Milton)
- If practice makes perfect, and no one's perfect, then why practice? (Billy Corgan)
- Is the Pope Catholic?
- Is the sky blue?
- Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution? (H. L. Mencken)
Posted by ALCHEssMIST - Alchemipedia - Cetacographer - Nirvana - Tags alliance.
Alchemipedia Animals | Alchemipedia Dates | Alchemipedia Geography | Alchemipedia Numbers | Alchemipedia People | Alchemipedia Years |
Home | Index | A-Z | Animals | Architecture | Art | Business | Fashion | Films | Food & Drink | Games | Health | History | Literature | Media | Migaloo | Music | Numbers | People |Politics | Science | Sport | Technology | World | Years |