Epiplexis


Epiplexis (e-pi-plex’-is): Asking questions in order to chide, to express grief, or to inveigh. A kind of rhetorical question [–the speaker does not expect an answer].

Yes, it was an accident, but I was driving. I was behind the wheel. Why did we have to go to the store right then? An hour later & she’d still be alive. How am I going to live with this? Can I ever forgive myself? Can I ever forget? How do I turn off the regret and remorse and get on with my life?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.

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