Sojourner Truth and Lucille Clifton, a powerful public speaker and a powerful African-American poet, both use the power of words to promote change. The pieces given from Sojourner Truth famously advocated women's rights and denounced slavery. The fundamentals of Lucille Clifton's pieces relate openly to slavery, her family, strong women and her heritage. Both these women use the effectiveness of speaking and writing to try and expose the exposition of social injustice and the inequality between the genders. Truth's famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” and Clifton's poem, “at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989,” exemplify the rhetorical and poetic devices that it takes to create social change within poetry.
The fact that they had similar goals and somewhat similar experiences led them to use some similar poetic and rhetorical devices. For example, both Clifton and Sojourner use the rhetorical strategy of appealing to ethos. Sojourner’s speech is full of ethos. She repeatedly pointed out the immorality of slavery and the contradictions between how women were “supposed to be” treated and how she was treated. This is also somewhat the case in Clifton’s poem.
More and more people were wanting education, but many people were underprivileged. Oprah changed the world of education for many girls. She really wanted to do this because she can relate to these girls. She was in poverty but at least she got a good education and she wanted the same for these girls. Oprah said to the girls, “I believe just like my grandmother was a very powerful woman [and] stepped in and took care of me, so are all the other grandmothers in Africa who are stepping in and raising to the best of their ability, their
I could also see the world many people live in and the many difficulties they have. For example, in the book, many women married because they thought it was a way to escape poverty and hoping to have a better life. This is true for many women throughout the world and it shouldn’t be that way. House on Mango Street made me think differently because sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have and we should be thankful because there are many people who don’t have many things but they are still happy and grateful with what they have. Something that was challenging about reading this book was that it has many themes and sometimes you may be confused on what the theme is.
It is well known that for much of history, females have been largely oppressed and given few rights, unlike the male gender. Traditionally, a women’s role in society was to be a submissive housewife and to raise children. In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, a young woman goes against the law to give her dead brother a proper burial, defying the typical role expected of a female during this time period. Antigone can be seen as a role model for women because she knows her own mind, stands up to her uncle, and sacrifices herself for someone she loves. Women during this time period were expected to listen to the men in society and follow their rules.
Frank’s struggles contributed to her personal growth in becoming who she wants to be by making her more curious, making her a more independent girl, and a generally better person. On January 2nd, 1944 she started her diary by asking questions. “Can you tell me why people go to such great lengths to hide their real selves?” she wrote. Being in a room cut off by society must make her feel helpless. She is becoming more curious because she wants to know about everything.
The claim/thesis that I have picked is that Esperanza has a variety of female role models in her life. Many of those role models in her life are in a trapped abusive life. They come from a poor family and are not the cleanest people in the town. But they have something all in common and that is that they all want a change. Some want their change in a different way than the others, some want someone else to change their life, and the others want to change their lives themselves.
Being born as a black lady she is upset at times but, it lives for a short while. She advises all women to join hands with her in her march towards a Utopia where they would also be treated on par with everyone. All her dreams take a form in her poetry and her vision is demanding. Her ideas take form of complacency through her poems. Dr. Usha thinks, “The Female identity crisis is centered around her appearance.
The key aspect discussed is life, this topic is defined in different ways, for example, people believe that life is difficult, dark, and rude. However, "Lucinda Matlock" offers a more understanding of life to show the reader that life is worth to live for. The poem gives examples of life that might seem rough and rude but explains that hardships are the reason that makes life worthwhile. The poem describes of a woman's life and how she lived through it to the fullest. That is why "Lucinda Matlock" is a way to overcome life while living to the fullest you can.
7-8) The fact that women have not openly protested for their rights, and have often been submissive to prejudice and discrimination illustrates why Chisholm takes a stand for women instead of African American. She believes that though race relations in America had begun to improve, women would always be overlooked and thought of as incapable and inferior due to their position in society. As an African American woman, she is an embodiment of a strong, determined, and passionate woman who believes in equality for all, not just the agglomerate of whites and men at the time. All in all, as aforementioned, Shirley Chisholm may have made the choice to stand up for women’s rights instead of African American rights because she believed that women, unlike African Americans who would soon reach racial equality as America faces the issues that arise from segregation and discrimination, would continuously be classified in a position subordinate to men and society unless women spoke out for the rights they believed all Americans