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    I need help completing an article analysis. I have completed the first half and I need help with the other half.

    The article can be found at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2655900&page=1
    and is called Dying to be Thin and is written by Cynthia Bulik.

    1. What rhetorical devices does the author use?

    2. How effective is the use of the devices?

    3. List any examples of bias, fallacies, or faulty reasoning that you found in the source or article.

    4. Is the author's argument good/bad, valid/invalid, or strong/weak? Explain.

    5. Are any non-factual issues addressed? Is moral, legal, or aesthetic reasoning included? Explain.

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    1. What rhetorical devices does the author use?
    This question is straightforward. It is asking you to list the rhetorical devices that Bulik (2006) uses in the article. Specifically, a rhetorical device is the use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance). Rhetoric is using language effectively to please or persuade. There are many different types of rhetorical devices to consider in this analysis.
    One approach is to make a list of devices, and then look for examples in the article. Let's do that now; I highlighted some of the examples from the article by Bulik (2006) in pink below, which you can consider for this analysis.

    anacoluthia, anacoluthon - an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
    repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device (e.g. treatment for eating disorders is futile and that there is little hope for recovery. But there is real science behind treatment for eating disorders, and people with eating disorders can and do get better. Patients and families who are seeking help for eating disorders).
    anastrophe, inversion - the reversal of the normal order of words
    antiphrasis - the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)
    antithesis - the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
    antinomasia - substitution of a title for a name
    apophasis - mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned
    aposiopesis - breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)
    apostrophe - address to an absent or imaginary person
    catachresis - strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as `blatant' to mean `flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: `blind mouths')
    chiasmus - inversion in the second of two parallel phrases (e.g. eliminating binge eating and reducing weight. Individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in reducing binge eating, but it is unclear how well that helps with depression and weight loss).
    climax - arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
    conversion - interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
    ecphonesis, exclamation - an exclamatory rhetorical device; "O tempore! O mores"
    emphasis - special and significant stress by means of position or repetition (e.g. The binge-eating disorder is marked by binge eating without the compensatory behaviors and marked distress regarding binge eating)
    enallage - a substitution of part of speech or gender or number or tense etc. (e.g., editorial `we' for `I')
    epanorthosis - immediate rephrasing for intensification or justification; "Seems, madam! Nay, it is"
    epiplexis - a rhetorical device in which the speaker reproaches the audience in order to incite or convince them
    hendiadys - use of two conjoined nouns instead of a noun and modifier
    hypallage - reversal of the syntactic relation of two words (as in `her beauty's face') (e.g. not a strictly females-only disease)
    hyperbaton - reversal of normal word order (as in `cheese I love')
    hypozeugma - use of a series of subjects with a single predicate
    hypozeuxis - use of a series of parallel clauses (as in `I came, I saw, I conquered')
    hysteron proteron - reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')
    litotes, meiosis - understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary); "saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"
    onomatopoeia - using words that imitate the sound they denote (e.g. only shows an uncomfortable slice of treatment for eating disorders, and is not a true picture of anorexia nervosa, or of any eating ...

    Solution Summary

    Based on the guidelines, this solution assists in an article anlaysis for the article: Dying to be Thin, by Cynthia Bulik.