Repetition in Children Stories: A Dynamic Aspect of a Persuasive Strategy

Retno Purwani Sari, Cece Sobarna, Eva Tuckyta Sari Sujatna, Nani Darmayanti


The patterning of repetitions, such a persuasive strategy, proposes the involvement of author’s emotion. Therefore, it potentially stimulates children’s emotion and imagination to explore their own thoughts and to learn to understand their world while reading. By investigating interpersonal relation involved, repetitions show participants’ attitudes. Thus, this study concentrates on how they work on children’s emotion and imagination, using pragma-stylistic approach. The focus itself is managed to answer the creation of meaning. In order to challenge the objective, this study was applied analytic descriptive qualitative method to 36 data of repetitions. By reviewing empirical indications, this study claims that repetitions reach emphatic prominence involving logical emphasis and emotional state. Both of them invest accumulation of ideas to promote emotion and expectation; leading to imagination in evaluating appropriateness to behave in the society. Consequently, repetitions are debatable as a rhetorical device to persuade children to adapt social values.

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