Cataloguing GIF figures in image and text

A gif with text makes an argument in part by using figures of style. We're compiling a catalogue of examples of ways in which this works.

The Brief

Choose four figures of speech or thought. Use the list in Longaker, pp 145 - 156. Include all figures of speech and thought, and tropes.

Locate two examples of each figure in animated or static gifs that employ words and image. Explain how each example illustrates the figure and makes an argument.

These can be static gifs with text or animated gifs with text. Each should include image and text.

I'll evaluate your work on your description of the gifs and rhetorical situation it draw from, and your explanation of how the gif illustrates the figure or trope.

This exercise is a little tricky in that we're considering gifs as rhetorical artifacts outside of their use in specific rhetorical situations. Focus on the rhetorical situation as it seems to be implied in the gif itself.

In Detail

GO to your wiki name page and create a new page titled CataloguingGifs - followed by your initials.

Use headings to organize your page.

For each gif, do this:

The gif might present two or more figures: one in the image and another in the text. Or even one in image, one in text, and a third in the relation between the image and the text.

In your explanations and commentary, go beyond of what Longaker writes about figures and tropes, and draw on what we've worked with so far in this class: enthymemes, syllogisms, classical appeals (ethos, logos, pathos), rhetorical fallacies, and so on.

Locating and embedding gifs

Here's the code to use to embed images. Paste this into your page where you want to place the image. Paste the url of the image between the " ".

{{image url="url" width="376px"}}



Go to
Select to see the full gif
Under click Advanced tab.
Copy the GIF download url.
Embed that url in your page.


Four figures, two examples of each.

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