Sojourner Truth's 'Ain T I A Woman?'

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Sojourner Truth was a former slave who advocated for abolition and women’s rights. Truth delivered a speech at a women’s rights convention in 1851 titled, “Ain’t I a Woman?” In the piece, “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth, the author claims that women and African Americans don’t have equal rights, which causes unfair conditions. She proves this through the use of anaphora, juxtaposition and anecdotes. Sojourner Truth uses anaphora in her piece/speech to have the audience gain a little bit of the same feeling she is feeling which is anger against inequality. Throughout her speech Truth uses the repetition of the words, “And ain’t I a woman?” One specific example is when she tells that no men ever helps her into carriages but she is a women. The use of this anaphora is so that Truth can rebuttal any opposing arguments for gender equality. Truth uses this phrase to find a counter argument to what men believe women have acquired to but for Truth and many African Americans it’s not true that they are given the best. This example of anaphora gives the reader/audience a feeling that women are deserving of equality and it broadens their acknowledgment to fight for women’s rights. The use of anaphora was effectively used in this piece to strengthen Truth’s main point of unfair circumstances due to gender inequality. Truth uses…show more content…
Truth uses anaphora and juxtaposition to enforce her claim, that women are treated unequally and with injustice by living in an inferior society, where women lack on their rights. The use of the anecdote helps her connect more to the audience in a deep emotional level and helps her by making her a more credible source. By Truth using those 3 rhetorical moves she is able to connect and persuade the audience to also fight for women’s rights, so that everyone can be equal and live in a better society than the one they were living in, and in a better
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