In the following arguments we observe climatic argumentation: “Achaeans must be hiding in this timber, or it was built to butt against our walls, peer over them into our houses, pelt the city from the sky. Some crookedness is in this thing. I have no faith in the horse! Whatever it is, even when Greeks bring gifts I fear them, gifts and all”.
The speaker uses parallel constructions which are arranged in the enumeration pattern (‘to butt against our walls’, “peer over them into our houses”, “pelt the city from the sky”) which makes the sentence very dynamic and powerful. The next sentences are short and concise and it adds to the dynamism created by the previous sentence.
The rhetoric question and the following argumentation stand in ‘question-answer’ relation, though it’s not so obvious as rhetoric question do not require answers. We come to the conclusion that the rhetoric technique used is the hypophora. The author catches attention of the listeners with powerful rhetoric questions and proceeds with reasoning which is indirect answer to the questions. The answer is detailed and lengthy.
The attractiveness of the hypophora is in its ability to catch the attention of the listener. The orator asks question which listeners are curious about but feel difficulty in clear articulation of the answers. The listeners want the orator to formulate the answer to the question of interests.
What the author achieves with the use of the hypophora is catching listeners’ attention at once and making the listeners’ reason along with reasoning of the author. The use of this rhetoric device makes the listeners to think and make conclusion along with the author.
The hypophora is a useful tool in the situation when it’s important to persuade people in the rightness of the author’s opinion but when the majority stands on the opposite. The speaker does not impose his view rather he brings the listeners’ to