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ad hominem argument
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This phrase refers to how a passage is constructed. If asked to consider rhetorical structure, look at the passage's organization and how the writer combines images, details, or arguments to serve his or her purpose.
As used in the Fredrick Douglass essay we last analyzed, we notice that the organization of his story begins by telling the audience of his plights as a fugutive slave. He uses various figures of speech to further analyze his desolate conditions. Douglass uses very detailed writing with the help of simile and metaphor, which further expands his meaning to the audience. The constant contrast of fugitive slaves and white upper-class men serves his purpose, by aiding to his sense of disappointment and disgust.
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