Susan B Anthony Figurative Language

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“It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny.”(Anthony, 1) is a quote from Susan B. Anthony’s famous “Women’s Rights to the Suffrage” speech that inspired change in our great country. This speech was the most compelling of texts because she used solid evidence to support her claim and she uses many different types of figurative language. The third, fourth, and fifth paragraphs were the most important in her speech. This emphasis on ‘We the people’ and not ‘We the white male citizens’ in her third paragraph leads me to my first point.…show more content…
This paragraph states that women are humans too and should be treated equally to men. This help your audience by giving a different perspective on women on that they are no different than men and they also have rights. “Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not.”(Anthony, 2) is a perfect example. There are many different devices that Susan uses to improve her speech. One of these is connotation. Connotation is used in this part of her speech, “Are women persons?”(Anthony, 2) This phrase has a more rooted and deeper understanding than the phrase, are women actual beings? Another device that she used is repetition. She repeats the part when she says that, “...women are citizens…”(Anthony, 2) In different paragraphs throughout her speech she just uses synonyms. These rhetorical devices help her claim by painting an image in their minds that women are human just like men and that they should have equal rights. If men can vote then why can't women vote too? In conclusion, Susan B. Anthony’s “Woman's rights to the suffrage” speech was more compelling than Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech. This is because she used a plethora of figurative language to describe her point and she uses the law to enforce herself. She explains that women are like men other than gender and that they should have the same rights. Also, she explains that women are humans and that every law against women and blacks were void. “Are women persons?”(Anthony, 2) was the question she asked and she had it answered. Look at us today; women can vote, get a job, and be their own
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