Comparing Speech At Seneca Falls Convention And Ain T I A Woman

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Today, most would think that all humans have equal rights. Unfortunately, though, women are still not treated as equal as men. Women do not get paid as much as men do, they are expected to stay home and take care of the children, and they do not have as many job opportunities as men do. All of this is in spite of the fact that women have been fighting for their rights in this country since the 1800s. Two of the most widely known speeches are “Ain’t I a Woman” and “Speech at Seneca Falls Convention.” Sojourner Truth, author of “Ain’t I a Woman,” and Elizabeth Cady Stanton author of “Speech at Seneca Falls Convention,” use multiple rhetorical devices to convey the message that women should have equal rights. To begin, both authors use repetition in their speeches to convey the message that women should have equal rights. An example of repetition in “Ain’t I a Woman,” is, “And ain’t I a woman?” Sojourner repeats this throughout her speech to say that she is a woman and she can do the …show more content…

An example of allusion in “Ain’t I a Woman,” is, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again.” Truth uses this in her speech to convey that a woman can do anything she wants without a man. She is, also, saying that women are powerful by themselves. An example of allusion in “Speech at Seneca Falls Convention,” is, “to protest against a form of government existing without the consent of the governed- to declare our right to be free as man is free, to be represented in the government which we are taxed to support…” Stanton uses this allusion to The Declaration of Independence to show that the people have power and that the government only works when the people want it to. Both authors use these examples to relate to

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