This paper is a rhetorical analysis for the political memoir Unbought & Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm. This memoir is about the Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her difficult, powerful, and motivational path of becoming the first black female to be elected into congress. This memoir breaks her life down and shows all of the struggles of her race, gender, and ethnicity and how she overcame them all to make her way to the top. The memoir is from Shirley Chisholm’s perspective as she tells her story. Chisholm is a female playing in a “man’s world” when it comes to role in politics, she is forced to struggle with competing against the gender stereotypes seen in male and female politicians. For my rhetorical analysis of Unbought & Unbossed, …show more content…
This article discusses the idea of a double- bind that is connected between gender norms and politics. There is a difference between the gender stereotypes of woman and politicians. While connecting this article to the book Unbought & Unbossed one can look at Shirley Chisholm and the traits that she shows throughout the memoir. One can say that Shirley Chisholm would belong more in the agentic category. This is because she was ambitious about making a change not only for woman but for woman of color, she was playing a boys game and never thought of anything from the perspective of her gender or race. More so she thought about it in the fact that changes needed to be made and someone needs to do it. She was confident with her stance and competitive to be elected into a place of power. Which from the article this could be seen to have a negative effect on the way in which people viewed her. Her behavior can be seen as being agentic but her platform could be seen more as communal. This is because her platform was for the people, it was for making change for the people from her communities that she
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Writing a rhetorical analysis on a specific text is something that I have never had to do before in prior classes, so when I found out that I had to write an entire paper on a rhetorical analysis on a text of my choosing I was a little worried. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to give lengthy and accurate descriptions at a college level. Once I read in the textbook what a rhetorical analysis exactly was, my worry was overcome with ease to say the least. I decided to do my analysis on a speech written by one the most inspiring people in my life Gloria Steinem. Gloria Steinem is an American feminist and social political activist who wrote an article in the New York TImes “ After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” which brought her fame as
Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected in the U.S. Congress and run for president as a Democratic candidate. Despite losing the presidential nomination Shirley Chisolm continued to be inspiration for young African American women across the United States. Chisholm was a great orator that used her voice to improve racial inequality and women rights for all Americans. Her speech given on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1968 will forever immortalize Shirley Chisholm’s dedication to improving human rights. The use of fallacies throughout her speech were used to captivate her audience and bring attention to the injustice that was going on in America.
In a New York Times article, “Too Poor to Make the News,” author Barbara Ehrenreich focuses on the impact the recession has caused to the lives of the working poor. She begins her article by describing how the newly group, known as Nouveau poor, have to give up valuables where as the working poor have to give up housing, food, and prescription medicines. Ehrenreich’s purpose is to inform her readers who are blessed enough not to suffer like the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich’s article examines the impacts the recession has on the lives of the working poor, by demonstrating pathos, and makes readers aware of the sufferings the poor have to face. Barbara Ehrenreich examines the aspects that are impacting the working poor from the recession.
In the 1972 announcement of candidacy by Shirley Chisholms, the politician made the rhetorical choices of repetition, diction, and using past experiences along with relevant individuals to convey her message that America must be united to succeed. Shirley Chisholms starts her announcement by developing logos through the use of repetition and states that she is “ …not the candidate of any political policies or fatcats or special interests”, “…not the candidate of black America…” and “…not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country…”, but rather ”…the candidate of the people of America.” Through her use of repetition, she assures her audience that she is not concerned with what seem to be her particular best interests as a black woman and politician, but that she is concerned over including all of the American’s best interests, separated from gender, race, and status.
congress. She starts off the speech with a pathos appeal by providing an example to show how it feels to be a Women trying to get a job- “if she walks into an office for an interview, the first question she will be asked is “Do you type?”.” She provides this example to highlight the hollowness of these statements and then goes on to explain why these illogical happenings shouldn’t be so common. Another time she uses pathos is when she says “Women do not have the opportunities that men do. And women that do not conform to the system, who try to break with the accepted patterns, are stigmatized as “odd” and “unfeminine;” she uses this to show how helpless and sad their situation is.
She works together a story that encapsulates both the large span of American history in depth by dissecting the social, political, and cultural developments throughout. Jill Lepore’s writing is accessible for casual readers and those with a deeper understanding of history, which resulted from the clarity that is showcased in her writing style. A major achievement that Lepore accomplishes is bringing inclusivity into her book by incorporating diverse perspectives, such as the perspectives of marginalized groups; Native Americans, African Americans, women, etc. Topics that are underrepresented in traditional accounts of history are highlighted by Lepore by discussing their contributions and experiences.
My interest was probably motivated by the slim chance of her being elected president, and my similar gamble of being a success; especially, in sports which looked as difficult as her becoming President. Also, her documentary film reminded me of how old I am, and has me anticipative about my future well-being; furthermore, in mind to stay flexible and possess an open mind. I was mostly apprehensive about the film, being white an all, and pondered both sides of that little (small) guy humor; moreover, the unappreciative status of it. Being the little guy of sorts, Shirley Chisholm seemed to be a plus for her profession possessing an attractive/infectious voice that inspired determination; also, her humorous female status contrasted well with the other political personalities happening at that time; such as, the Black Panthers. Nevertheless in afterthought of that time period, one can see we’re all dreamers an arenas apart from each other, and for that purpose space and the chance to grow suggests more than just work, rather an understanding of the needs of all people.
The piece of writing which I felt was unsuccessful for me was the Rhetorical Analysis of an article relating to a topic from our course book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. This piece of writing was difficult for me to organize my ideas around. The article that I decided to use for my rhetorical analysis highlighted mass incarceration among African American and the effect of civil liberties being are taken away from these individuals. I had a lot of repetition because many of the examples I used demonstrated more than one type of appeal. I found myself repeating what the purpose of the example was and how it demonstrated proper use of ethos, pathos, and logos.
At the beginning of the article “They Call Me Dr. Ore,” Ersula J. Ore asserts that “battling an epistemological system that assumes me always already “out of place” is a constitutive feature of my lived experience and, thus, a chief component of my rhetorical situation” (1). This assumption of being “out-of-place” affects many marginalized individuals (particularly African American women) in academia and everyday spaces, but the distinct ways people like Ore understand and address their rhetorical situations reveal not only successful rhetorical strategies but also the complicated design of their public ethos. Likewise, Ida B. Wells’ autobiography Crusade for Justice exemplifies these lessons in rhetorical strategies. By analyzing Wells’ developing
There was once a time where the rivers were venomous, the fields were poisonous, and even the air breathed by men, women, and children alike was toxic. This is a world that Rachel Carson, the famous and honored biologist, that wrote Silent Spring, lived in and envisioned as a world that could be saved. She immediately slams down on the national arena and alarmingly claims that the environment that humans thrive in is a world seeped with death and killing, and that the use of parathion (a type of pesticide) is the agent to blame. She targets farmers who she claims poison and kill creatures that they deem as pests to their crops, including insects and even birds. In the end, she mainly targets the “authoritarian” that was given the power to take
Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Bid From the beginning, the world was a place of inequality. However, it is possible to change. Through hard work from significant individuals, the world has fought wars and created laws that have led towards equality.
There is no question that women have struggled over many years to be seen as equals by their male counterparts. Years of struggle and oppression continued throughout time, but the oppression took different forms over the course of history. Susan Glaspell wrote, “Trifles” which explores a woman’s status in society during the 1920s and the political leanings that perverted society at the time. The play demonstrates how women were subjected to mental abuse and viewed as intellectually inferior as dictated by American society and politics. “Trifles” exposes how political leanings in the government favored and enabled a patriarchal society as well as displaying how the Women’s Rights movement was beginning to combat these prejudices.
In her speech, “For the Equal Rights Amendment” Shirley Chisholm addresses her views on securing women’s equality to ensure women have better opportunities. She is an American politician, educator and author that became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress. Chisholm supports her claims about equal rights for women by using examples of statistics to prove a point. Her purpose is to persuade her audience that women in America are neglected by equal rights and excluded from things that men are not. Throughout her deliverance she expressed an inspiring and informative tone to uplift her audience so that Congress can make a change for women.
I find that this example highlights the fact that while women had far less political power in society during the nineteenth century, the least the law could do was to protect the sexual integrity of women; However, African American women suffered from racial, gender and class discrimination that makes it difficult for them to prosecute those that sexually assault them. Furthermore, anger of white men were usually taken out on the wives of freed African American men and usually in the form of sexual assaults and this made the situation for African American women
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