A rhetorical question is a question that is asked to make a point or to create an effect, rather than expecting an answer. [Rhetorical means using language effectively to persuade or impress.] It is often used in speeches, writing, or conversations to engage the audience and to emphasize a particular idea or statement.
- “Do you think I’m stupid?” (This question is asked not to seek an actual response, but to express frustration or disbelief.)
- “Why bother? (This question is asked to suggest that there is no worthwhile reason to do something.)
Very Simple Definition:
A rhetorical question is a question that is not meant to be answered. It is used to make a point or to get people thinking.
- “Is the sky blue?” (This question is asked to emphasize that the answer is obvious.)
- “Who cares?” (This question is asked to suggest that the topic is unimportant.)