When thinking of personal experiences, “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks touches on the emotional topic of abortion. Even though this poem was published decades ago, it can still be seen very relevant to this day. Accepting abortion and the outcome can indeed be a challenging task for many, while others seem to adapt to it without much of a problem. Gwendolyn Brooks’ writing lets us take a look at the mothers view point of abortion and how a mother responds to her new situation. Throughout the poem, the speaker shows signs of grieving concern of the topic of abortion and its outcomes by presenting emotions of regret and memories, shame and guilt, and contradicting herself to almost justify what she has done.
In the beginning, the speaker says a brief statement of her feelings about abortion, “Abortions will not let you forget, You remember the children you got that you did not get” (lines 1-2). These first two lines explain how her children will never realize certain accomplishments in life, this also shows a mother who is unable to forget the dramatic events that have emotionally scarred her. The speaker later on says, …show more content…
This part in the poem seems kind of cynical because she is saying that she can hear the voices of the children she has killed and it’s a dark and twisty way to show the guilt that she has for having so many abortions or even just aborting her first child. During the time that this poem was written in 1945, abortions were illegal so it can be assumed that these abortions could be self-inflicted for various reasons (Abortion Surveillance). The speaker could have been raped or the child would have been born out of wedlock, this could be the shame that she feels about having the abortions along with killing so many children since it can be assumed that she had more than one
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Gianna Jenson, the author of a powerful speech regarding abortion, explained her horrible personal experience with the process when she explained in detail, her story at a pro-life speaking event. The audience was captivated by her language and the way she made the audience think about her speech and exactly how she delivered it. The author wrote this impactful speech in order to share her story with others and hope it would influence at least one person and alter their opinion. Gianna Jenson writes and effective argument against abortion in order to tell her own personal story by appealing to the reader’s sense of pathos, using rhetorical questioning and charged emotional language.
Maureen Shaw, the author of "Becoming a Mother Made Me Even More Pro-Choice," clearly states her position in the moot of abortion. The main topic of her article is about how pro-life/anti-choice harms women and their child(ren) and why pro-choice should be more widely accepted. Shaw claims that pro-life supporters misconstrue women who get abortions for being teens who made rash decisions, but " it 's not irresponsibility that makes women and girls seek abortion care. It’s their awareness of just how massive a commitment parenting is. "
Trying to prevent neglected children and back-alley abortions, Margaret Sanger gave the moving speech, “The Children’s Era,” in 1925 to spread information on the benefits and need for birth control and women's rights. Margaret Sanger--activist, educator, writer, and nurse--opened the first birth control clinic in the United States and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. During most of the 1900’s, birth control and abortions were illegal in the United States, causing women to give birth unwillingly to a child they must be fully responsible for. This caused illness and possible death for women attempting self-induced abortion. Sanger uses literary devices such as repetition and analogies
The argument over a woman’s right to choose over the life of an unborn baby has been a prevalent issue in America for many years. As a birth control activist, Margaret Sanger is recognized for her devotion to the pro-choice side of the debate as she has worked to provide sex education and legalize birth control. As part of her pro-choice movement, Sanger delivered a speech at the Sixth International Neo-Malthusian and Birth Control Conference in March of 1925. This speech is called “The Children’s Era,” in which she explains how she wants the twentieth century to become the “century of the child.” Margaret Sanger uses pathos throughout her speech as she brings up many of the negative possibilities that unplanned parenthood can bring for both children and parents.
She made the painful decision of giving up her sick baby's life along with her own through suicide. It shows the extent of suffering caused by the system. This is shown through the quote "She just cries and cries like this. All the time. Because she knows what is coming.
Abortion is not only a fluctuating concept in our society, but an ethical and emotional debate, as well. The image I have chosen presents concepts from a cultural and historical background, as well as presents an ethical, emotional, and logical appeal to the audience. The debate about abortion has simply been overblown and exhausted. The truth of the matter is, abortion is murder. Ending a life, whether innocent or guilty, is murder.
Thank goodness, she turned out alright. But I’ll never risk it again. Never! The strain is simply too - too hellish,” (36). Larsen uses words provoking anxiety and horror to give the reader insight into Clare’s mind when she thinks about pregnancy and motherhood.
Capitalization and Pronouns Gwendolyn Brooks employs the use of capitalization and pronouns in her poem “A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon” as a way to demonstrate the tensions between white femininity and black masculinity in the south during the era directly preceding the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, the white man was afforded the ability to dominate over the word of white women and black men. Throughout this poem, Brooks portrays the complex dimensions that race and gender played in the murder of Emmett Till.
In her essay, Sallie Tisdale describes some of the clients she had and the conversations she had before and after their abortions. The first client she mentions is an eighteen year old woman. Despite being so young, this is her fourth time being pregnant (Tisdale 414). Immediately, the audience notices the awful
Argumentative Analysis of Abortion Rights Abortion is a controversial topic and people have debated between “Pro-Choice”, a woman’s right to choose, as well as “Pro-Life”, strictly anti-abortion, for decades. For Abortion Rights Action Week, a Harvard College newspaper printed an opinion-based article by Tanya Luhrmann called, The Pro-Choice Argument. She claims that a priceless part of a human life is experiencing motherhood. Based on Luhrmann’s research, she presents a strongly reasoned argument between “Pro-Choice” and “Pro-Life”, and how the perspectives of both sides affects the irreplaceable relationship of a mother and child.
This shows what she had to endure to try to keep her baby healthy. It appeals to the loving protective side of the reader. It makes them think about what the baby must be going through beacuase of their economic situation. Rhetorical questions are used to directly engage the
We were all once enchanting children, as all babies are. Today, we become abortionists, killers of babies. Do we not regret our wicked deeds? We would greatly regret it since the abortion mentality destroys the family by making it more difficult for new babies who survive beyond the womb to find the family welded together by the bond, which is impossible to break, of marriage solely between a man and woman. Children need families who would nurture them, guard their innocence and develop their personalities.
Have you ever been scared of going somewhere new? How about enrolling in a certain program? Did you want to just conceal yourself from the world around you? Maybe you stay that way for a while, but then you get up and realize that you have to move on, confront your fears, get on with life. The poem “Speech to the Young” by Gwendolyn Brooks is a poem talking to younger people that advises them on their lives going forward.
The Real Victims Sharon Olds’s narrative-driven poem “The Victims” expresses the dysfunctional family dynamic between the speaker’s father and mother. Although the poem alludes to the father committing appalling actions against his family, the speaker does not reflect well on either the mother or the father. According to the narrator’s point of view, both have negatively affected the children’s lives.
The daughters statement was clearly just her opinion on her mother passing not with any back up evidence which would of gave the mother a more solid thought on just her passing. So the speaker doesn’t seem so enthusiastic about the way her family judges her value, her worth, or her performance. The mother seems in distress which is also just like a student being graded in school and they don’t meet the standards that are set for them by others. The irony here is that rather than parents mark their children, it is the children and father who is marking her, which is the commonly thought to be the most important figure in the household and family.