Rhetorical Analysis Of Susan B Anthony On Women's Right To Vote

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August of 1920, the year that became a remarkable change for women, allowing them to vote. Before that, women weren’t allowed to vote and women such as Susan B. Anthony fought for that right. In her letter “On Women’s Right to Vote”, she furthers her purpose by telling all the citizens of the United States that women are people too and are entitled the right to vote just as their male companions. Throughout the speech, Anthony uses pathos, ethos, logos and other rhetorical devices to push her point across. In her letter, her second paragraph she states the US Constitution., giving her major credibility. She states “The preamble of the Federal Constitution says.” The preamble is the key to the US, establishing that every person, every citizen…show more content…
She gives a brief background of her situation, by being arrested for voting in the last presidential election and fined. “I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution,” she quoted in her first sentence making the question audiences mind set if they did agree with the authority when she was arrested. She was just exercising her right to vote under the constitution. In her third paragraph she says, “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it.” She emphasizes on the word “we.” To make the audience realize the “we” means everyone together, every men and women together. Anthony starts off with an emotional and questioning effect on her audience going into a factual evidence and ending with an emotional appeal. The audience gains a new perspective on the situation whether it affect them personally or not. It is well thought out letter, informative and persuading. While Anthony does hit every part to get the audience attention, she does sound demanding in a way. Anthony could have find another tone to hit the audience
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