Susan B Anthony Rhetorical Devices

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For a very long time, the voting rights of the citizens have been a problem in the US. It started out with only men with land being able to vote, and then expanded to white men, and then to all men. However, women were never in the situation, they were disregarded and believed to not be worthy enough to have the same rights as men. They were essentially being treated as property, therefore having no rights. But, in Susan B. Anthony’s speech, she hits upon the point that women are just as righteous as men to uphold the same rights. Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women 's rights activist, and in 1872 was arrested because she tried to vote and express her opinion in the presidential election. She was told to pay a fine, however…show more content…
In Susan B. Anthony’s Women’s right to work speech she emphasizes how everyone should be treated the same, no matter what gender or race they are. Susan B. Anthony’s use of persuasive techniques further enhances her key point, which is that each person is born equal and should be treated equally. Anthony uses rhetoric as well as figurative language to further communicate her main point. The logos appeal is the most noteworthy appeal portrayed in the first half of Anthony’s speech. Anthony starts out her speech by talking about the preamble which begins by saying, “We the people…” however this section of the text was never taken seriously. For instance, some people choose to believe that woman are paid less than a man because they are thought to be insubstantial. However, their interpretation is incorrect based off the logos appeal because the preamble says, “We the people”, and society should be thought of as a whole and should not be divided based on gender. In Anthony’s speech she says, “It is we the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we the male citizens; but we, the whole people, we formed the Union.” Anthony demonstrates how everyone is a person and the Constitution clearly states that everyone should be equally treated, and people
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