Rhetorical Analysis Of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Speech In Seneca Falls

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President of the National Woman Suffrage Association and leader of the first women’s rights movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in her speech the Seneca Falls Convention Keynote Address in Seneca Falls, New York, convinces the audience to take a stand for women’s rights. Stanton’s purpose is to gather enough people to stand up for women and their right to vote which is imbedded in the Constitution but is taken away from them based off of sex. She adopts a compassionate tone in order to justify to the women who attended the convention that their rights are theirs, but they have to fight to get them. Stanton’s use of logos within her speech helps get her purpose across because it appeals to the audience’s logical side. Stanton opens her speech by establishing that the speech will not be about such things that men would think women would talk about. Her first sentence includes that they will “discuss our rights and wrongs, civil and political, and not, as some have supposed, to go into the detail of social life alone.�? Starting the speech off like this, allows the audience to know what the …show more content…

This is logos because it is natural for women to fear such things as their appearance. This would help prove her purpose because she is saying how that even though they are women and they dress nicely so do men that are high in society such as “the bishop, priests, judges, barristers, and lord mayors of the first nation on the globe, and the Pope of Rome, with his cardinals, too, all wear the loose flowing robes.�? This reflects into history and proves that it is logical because it is a well-known fact. This deals with her purpose because of the fact it helps women see that even though they do wear loose clothes, so do men of high authority, saying that that is no reason they shouldn’t have

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