Rhetorical Analysis Of Sojourner Truth's Ain T I A Woman

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As one can see in the speech given by Sojourner Truth in 1851, “Ain’t I a Woman”, she believes that women’s right and, even more specifically, African American women’s right are extremely important. In her speech presented in Akron, Ohio, she takes many points of her opponents and finds counterclaims to rebut them. She uses points such as how she has been treated compared to how other woman have been treated, the lack of intelligence the men assume she has, and she even poses the question of where Christ came from to rebut one of their points. While addressing these topics she uses a very clever strategy, of taking the arguments against her to make the point of how they would not be relevant. As the reader can see, Truth makes excellent points…show more content…
However, Sojourner Truth uses the audience’s assumptions to her advantage by pointing out that if she does not have the ability to be as smart as them then why not let her learn what she can. She states in paragraph three, “…What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?” By addressing their point in her argument she shows how they are being unfair and the flaw in their plan. She knows that if they were to let the women and the African Americans go to school and learn they would realize how things should be causing things to be more…show more content…
The audience states that women do not deserve rights because Christ wasn’t a man so God did not intend for women to be equal. In paragraph four, she states, “he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.” This demonstrates how although Christ was a man, that had nothing to do with anything because His Father is God not a man. Because this is a fact, and a fact that they were already pointing out, there is no arguing with her. Finally, Sojourner Truth strongly believes in rights for women and for African Americans which can be shown in her speech given at an 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio. She stands up for the rights of others and for the rights that she deserves. She uses very clever tactics to rebut the arguments of her opponents by taking their claims and twisting them to contradict their point of view. In conclusion, during the 1851 Women’s Convention, Sojourner Truth gave an amazing speech and rebuttal to inform others about the rights that all people should
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