Susan Anthony Speech Analysis

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Susan Anthony “On Women's Right to Vote” and Elie Wiesel “The Perils of Indifference” are speeches delivered using their voices to make sure future change in society occurred. Anthony’s speech given in a different century and more persuasive on why women should vote? While Wiesel speech is more informative on, why not to be indifferent. Conversely, both experienced what prejudice, injustice and indifference were, sparks some similarities. The two speeches were from people who experienced being a victim of prejudice. Anthony informs her audience early on of how she was arrested for voting. During that time it was illegal for women casting their votes in presidential elections. Wiesel as well uses the first few lines of his speech to reflect…show more content…
Anthony wanted to persuade her listeners on why women should have the right to vote. The Federal Constitution is referenced in Anthony’s speech as proof of equality. Anthony wanted her audience to grasp the feeling of being provided a document that granted your freeness, your rights, however unable to use it because of your sex and color of skin. Anthony uses the creation of the Federal Constitution to contradict the unlawfulness of women voting. Susan felt “And it is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government -- the ballot.” (Anthony, 1872). While Anthony persuaded her listeners to take the side of women should have the right to vote, Wiesel was informing his listeners to not be indifferent. To be indifferent one must be unconcerned, uninterested, uncaring, and uninvolved. Wiesel couldn’t understand how humans live continuously normal in a world and not use their voices to be heard or to walk past injustice and show no acknowledgement. “It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes.” (Wiesel, 1999). He wanted to inform indifferent people that they’re just as much of a controversy to the world as well as the ones who create the havoc and interruptions in
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