In “The Destructive Male” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, rhetoric is employed to persuade the reader or listeners to acknowledge and grant women equal rights. Stanton also creates a tone of zealous outrage and accusation with her use of literary devices such as alliteration and personification. Shortly after the United States Civil War, Elizabeth Cady Stanton delivered her speech at the Women’s Suffrage Convention in 1868 (Bjornlund). Stanton had to appeal to the crowd of men and women, conservatives and liberals, and even government officials by showing how women benefit the world and deserve to have the same opportunities as men to make a difference and have the freedom to vote. Stanton discusses people’s inherent relationship with God to …show more content…
Throughout her speech, Stanton shows that in history men have caused destruction and have been detrimental to society. In “pages of history,” she references the malice and animosity among men (Stanton). The years shortly before Stanton presented this speech were permeated with the nefariousness of the Civil War (Bjornlund). As such, her statement that the “record of blood and cruelty” that men have left on history, works to justify Stanton’s point that women help balance the persecution placed on the Earth by men (Stanton). Similarly, Stanton discusses how men placed “black codes” on other men and thereby restrict those whom are viewed to have equal power as them (Stanton). Women, on the other hand, are portrayed by Stanton to be the solution to injustices between men and women alike. Stanton’s use of historical examples of man’s inhumanity to man shows it is only logical that, to prevent further unfairness, women should help make decisions. Stanton also shows that men represent “half a complete being” and thus have only half of an idea and half an understanding in all subject matters (Stanton). The other half comes from women and logically women must have the rights to share their opinion in order to complete ideas. With a world history filled with torment, Stanton shows that the Earth can only be healed with the help of …show more content…
For example, alliteration is used continuously in Stanton’s speech to emphasize the pain faced by humanity due to men’s carelessness. With the “discord, disorder, disease, and death” men have caused in society, women are portrayed as the solution to calm the pain and balance the world (Stanton). Again alliteration is used to show how the “slavery, slaughter, and sacrifice” in the world had become an epidemic due to the negligence of a male dominated society (Stanton). Personification is also used to illustrate how men are destructive, while women are benevolent. While humanity’s soul is portrayed “struggling” for centuries, a female “mercy has veiled her face” (Stanton). Mercy is portrayed as a female force because of her altruism and compassion in a world that is filled with constant conflict. By portraying a kind force as female, Stanton reiterates how women have the ability to change not only violent actions, but a violent world. Nature is also illustrated as a “loving mother” to show that if Mother Nature can control all of the Earth and keep it in harmony, women have this same feminine power (Stanton). The use of literary devices throughout Stanton’s speech affirms the oppression of women and the prevalence of women’s ability to stabilize society, even in times of discord, by subtly placing the worldly imbalance as the
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One of the key elements that makes Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s, “The Destructive Male”, speech so memorable and inspiring, is her use of creative language. This speech glides effortlessly into the deep ravines of our memories as the loaded words such as, “destructive force”, “loving war”, and “discord”, carry heavy connotations. “I urge a sixteenth amendment”, says Stanton. She isn't demanding or violently requesting, she’s urging and pleading which is an important factor to take note of as it is the opening line of her speech, which up the initial moving tone. In the beginning of her speech Elizabeth Cady Stanton lists adjectives and loaded words to describe male dominated society.
Nancy A. Hewitt said in “From Seneca Falls to Suffrage? Reimagining a ‘Master’ Narrative of U.S. Women’s History” that, “In recent years, historical studies have revealed the multifaceted movements that constituted woman 's rights campaigns in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Yet one narrative continues to dominate understandings of the period” (15). This is a perfect example of an alternative histories, which is when important events are so underreported that we are left with one side of history, that doesn’t allow most to know the full history of the women’s rights
This speech by Florence Kelley is filled with numerous rhetorical strategies. Giving her speech in Philadelphia, she touched the hearts of many. Appealing to the emotions of the other women in the audience, Kelley got her point across. She despised child labor as she felt it was dangerous and inappropriate. By using rhetorical strategies such as imagery, anaphora, and forced teaming, she engages the right audience (women attending the suffrage convention) whom were already seeking change.
Before 1848, America was a nation where women couldn't vote, own property, manage their own money, or file a divorce—a drastic difference from today. That's what the nation was like before Elizabeth Cady Stanton advanced the fight for women’s rights through her voice and writings. Stanton's speeches helped women gain civil and voting rights in the past, and continues to do so today. Stanton took it upon herself to work relentlessly toward a better tomorrow for women across the United States. Through her words, she impacted women’s history for the better.
Moreover, it highlights a crucial principle. The First Amendment right is specifically evoked to depict an equal representation to all, and Stanton objectifies this statement in view of the fact that this is not applied to women. Women are excluded from having any political role in society and, during that time, were “housewives”. This can relate to the sexism involved when a woman has a voice in political debates. Usually prejudice causes women to be seen inferior and less capable than compared to men and that is unjust.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton uses the call for action to inspire her listening audience to want to protest and rebel so they can eventually gain the same equal rights and opportunities that the men already
In this article about Stanton I found, Sara Shull states, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton rebelled against the conventions that limited her own self realization and independence. Her words and actions encouraged other women to embrace their autonomy and fight for their self sovereign birthright.” This shows how Stanton went to be a role model for other women and help them fight for their own. Further on, Elizabeth Cady Stanton later wrote, "The general discontent I felt with woman 's portion as wife, housekeeper, physician, and spiritual guide, the chaotic conditions into which everything fell without her constant supervision, and the wearied, anxious look of the majority of women, impressed me with a strong feeling that some active measures should be taken to remedy the wrongs of society in general, and of women in particular. My experience at the World Anti-slavery Convention, all I had read of the legal status of women, and the oppression I saw everywhere, together swept across my soul, intensified now by many personal experiences.
One thing Stanton emphasized in her declaration, was “that woman is man’s equal- was intended to be so by the Creator, and the highest good of the race demands that she should be recognized as such,” (Stanton 275). She believed women and men were equal under the eye of God and they should be treated so. Although women are
Stanton is famous for writing about women’s rights in the Declaration of Right and Sentiments in 1848 (Document 6). Stanton’s argued that if it is in the constitution that equality be a democratic ideal, the nation should abide by. She specifically pointed out certain rights men had but women did not have, even though the constitution preaches equality and freedom. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal...” (Document 6).
By alluding to God, it poses a slight threat on men, saying that it is “self-evident” that these rights should be shared, not restricted to only one gender (para. 2). Stanton and Mott want women to know that because of the destructive and misogynistic nature of the men in government, because of the constant abuse and prejudice that has come from men in general, that if because this behavior is constant and growing in dangerousness, they have the right to “refuse allegiance” to said government (para. 2). It is unjust and discriminatory against women to deny the rights that should be fairly given to them since they are part of the government. To prove that women have been mistreated unfairly, they list facts and happenstances that have been done to women to subjugate them. With these facts, they prove that, in that moment, women are the less superior sex, then with this, they encourage
Men should have absolute rule over society. This was the mindset back when women's rights activists were considered rare and unorthodox. In A Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Elizabeth Cady Stanton rejects the status quo and finds solutions to the overbearing problems she sees within society. A concept that has greatly been dreamt over throughout history has been challenged, by a woman. Elizabeth Cady Stanton exerts repetition, allusion, and pathos to express her opinions in favor of increasing women's rights.
Thus, it is necessary to conclude that women have always played an important role in the development of history. History that involves women has been developed throughout the centuries, constantly changing its goals and forms, increasing the popularity movement of the American women in the late 1800’s. Women were discriminated for many things for a very long time, it wasn’t until the late 1800’s that women actually started to gain very few rights. The late 1800’s is very important time for women as it gets the movement started for Women’s Suffrage, and ultimately the late 1800’s starts to open the way for equality for women and
Before August 18th, 1920, only men could vote in the United States. One person that helped to right this wrong was Carrie Chapman Catt. In Carrie Chapman Catt’s address to Congress on women’s suffrage, she uses logos, pathos, and other rhetorical devices to convince Congress to give women more rights. One tool that helps make this speech as effective as it is is logos. She demonstrates logos when introducing the second reason as to why women’s suffrage is inevitable.
In 1874, Susan B. Anthony was jailed for trying to exercise the right that all men were granted but every woman was denied, the right to vote (Document 1). Twenty six years earlier, the first women’s right movement convention was held to discuss the stark disparity between the genders. A fight that would last for seventy years, the fight for the vote, was a pivotal era in the fight for viewing women as equals. This was a fight against society that has little progress for a long time and the reasoning why is clear. The struggle of women is not a unique story, and the denial of suffrage and equality was led by men because of man's fear of losing power and control in society.
In nearly all historical societies, sexism was prevalent. Power struggles between genders mostly ended in men being the dominant force in society, leaving women on a lower rung of the social ladder. However, this does not always mean that women have a harder existence in society. Scott Russell Sanders faces a moral dilemma in “The Men We Carry in Our Minds.” In the beginning, Sanders feels that women have a harder time in society today than men do.