Glossary of Terms

Published in 1843, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Gold-Bug focuses around the character of William Legrand, a man recently bit by a golden beetle unknown to science, and his subsequent obsession and journey to find a buried treasure he believes to be hidden in the area of the insect’s discovery.  Legrand’s physician, who serves as the narrator, is the reader’s trusted voice in this elaborately labyrinthian mind-bender about cryptography and fortune.

One of the most prominent themes in the story is that of traditional buried treasure.  The treasure found in the story has all the elements of stereotypical treasure – all gold, buried by pirates, found on a secret map, stored in a large, heavy chest, etc.  In fact, it is classic American stories like the Gold-Bug that initially gave buried treasure many of the present-day stereotypical qualities seen in pirate movies and on child cartoons.

Because of this, I decided to focus my Twitter exploring on the topics of treasure and buried treasure to see what I can come up with.  Not surprisingly, many (if not most) of the posts my search dug up were from casual, laymen tweeters merely repeating Biggie Smalls lyrics for their own enjoyment (“I had to find the buried treasure / so grams I had to measure” was the most popular).  In the example of these tweets, it was very hard to find anything that could be considered “rhetoric sophistication”, or even just “sophisticated” for that matter.

However, I was eventually able to find at least one example for the seven necessary rhetoric elements needed for the assignment, so it’s not that the use of proper literally terms was entirely absent from the website.  However, when analyzing my findings with the term “rhetoric sophistication” in mind, it was difficult to convince myself that I had actually found any.  See, the term “sophistication” implies that the person implementing the techniques not only know the techniques they are using, but that they are also conscience of the fact that they are using them.  With this in mind, I really don’t believe that the person who tweeted the quote “Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water and it is buried by the same currents” actually knew that she was using parallelism.  She could have, sure, but in my opinion it’s much more likely that she merely just found the quote on Twitter (for it popped up on my search on multiple occasions), took a liking to it, and re-Tweeted.

Furthermore, Twitter is a social networking site designed for people to yab on and on about whatever it is that they want – it is not a site that has the ideas of education or learning anywhere in it’s mission statement.  Let’s be real, Chad Ochocinco is more or less Twitter’s poster boy, and he isn’t exactly a Rhodes Scholar.  Adding to that, my example of allusion was found in a tweet referencing Spongebob Sqaurepants – again, Nickelodian isn’t usually considered “educational”.

All in all, Twitter is a site not programed to cater to the assignments of college english, therefore I find it unreasonable to hold it to the same standards as a website that might be.  And yes, if you dig deep enough, you can find examples of rhetoric devices and literally coherence – but is that really all that impressive?  Can’t the same be said for virtually any medium where human writing is the main focus?  I just can’t commit to a website in an academic light if when you search Edgar Allen Poe, one of the most famed and esteemed writers in American history, all that comes up is a fake profile pretending to be a dead man and giving updates like “Edgar Allen Poe was one of the original Hot Boyz. He had to be.”  Swear I didn’t make that up.




1. vrundyy Voda Patel
Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water and it is buried by the same currents
 4 hours ago
This sentence is an example of parallelism in the way that it expresses related yet not identical themes and topics at it’s beginning and end.  The term “buried treasure” is a well-known phrase, but in this sentence “treasure” is expressed by its lonesome at the beginning of the prose and the word “buried” is expressed at the end.  In the same fashion, everyone knows that “currents” are aspects of “water”, especially “flowing water”; and so by writing “currents” at the end of a sentence that mentions “flowing water” in the middle of it exemplifies parallelism.  Parallelism is essentially achieved when both unrelated topics end up relating to each other in the same sentence – in this case “buried treasure” and “flowing water/currents”.
 2. AlexandraAmor Alexandra Amor ♔

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts? Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”
    Here the tweeter raises a question that at first seems rhetorical, and then goes on to answering it.  This is an example of hypophora.  The writer proposes a question, not only for emphasis, but as a tool to introduce the topic and as a way to give her reader a concrete subject on which she will answer.
3.haychristyhay Christy Harrington
The Kingdom of the Heavens is buried treasure… Would you sell yourself to buy the one you’ve found?
        This tweet is an example of a metaphor, a rhetoric device that compares two unlike things by speaking of one in terms of the other.  The Kingdom of Heavens is presumedly high above the sky, a striking opposite of buried treasure, which is hidden underground.  Instead, the question is raised to look at the idea of a Kingdom of Heaven as not something literally hidden underground, but as something hidden and that needs finding.  By comparing it to buried treasure, the writer assures that most people will understand the metaphor, since buried treasure is a common and well-known phrase.
4. nicoleboisvert Nicole Boisvert
finding a good parking spot is like stubling upon buried treasure
     Slightly different from the last rhetoric device, this tweet is an example of simile, a comparison of two things that at least resemble one another in some way, using the terms “like” or “as” in the comparison.  This tweeter expresses her dismay for the lack of available parking spots by comparing the act of finding one to the act of finding buried treasure, an entity that is, in theory, hid on purpose and that is heard of more than actually seen.
5. Riz23 Ronnie Rizzo
Either this guy knows where the buried treasure is or he REALLY digs tic, tac, toe…
   The last three words in this tweet show a clear example of alliteration.  Alliteration is a device in which the first letter of consecutive words begin with the same letter.  “Tic”, “tac”, and “toe” all begin with T.
6.  ArianaRedVelvet Lindsay ♥

NUMBER 14- When Spongebob went in search of buried treasure– give me the real direction they went & what Patrick thought it said!
This tweet is a clear example of allusion, albeit a childish one.  Spongebob Squarepants, the main character on the Nickelodian cartoon that also bears his name, is such a recognizable figure in pop culler that a mere mention of his name, entirely out of context, results in absolutely no confusion from the reader.  Everyone knows who Spongebob is, and that he is a pineapple, and that he lives under the sea.  And that apparently, he went in search of buried treasure.
7.   Symbiote_Sp1der MR NEXT Rated
Staring at your toes my tounge travels the map of your body to find your buried treasure #twitterafterdark
   This sentence examples the rhetoric device diacope, which is defined as the repetition of a word or phrase after an intervening word or phrase as a method of emphasis.  The word “your” is repeated three times for emphasis and to punctuate the subject of the speaker’s focus.   



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