Elizabeth Cady Stanton's The Solitude Of Self

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Women and their place in society has changed a lot as the years have gone by. As Helen Keller once said: “I fall, I stand still… I trudge on. I gain a little… I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory." Keller’s words and ideas incorporated the changes that occurred in women’s roles in American literature. As more decades passed, more women obtained respect as well as their independence at greater and fuller stages. Today, we are in the twenty-first century, where women have the right to vote, to speak freely about their thoughts and beliefs, to get jobs even in the case they are male dominated, and also many other legal, social, and political freedoms. It is important to know that…show more content…
One of the most important speeches of Stanton with the greatest significance in order to upraise the issues her and other females were having, was “The Solitude of Self”. This piece of work presented ideas about a matter that came to be seen as fundamental to the feminist-movement: self-reliance. She specifically focused on the solitude that females would feel at the time, and eventually described the way in which they were “handicapped and yet responsible for their lives”(citation) in each stage of progression. In this speech, we notice that she refers to Shakespeare’s work called “Titus Andronicus”, where the main character has had her hands and tongue removed against her will. She uses this reference to show how women have been stripped of their natural rights, yet expected to combat the trials brought by life. Cady Stanton eventually states her belief that someone has to struggle in life in order to survive, whether it is a male or female. This natural event clearly promotes equality that should occur between the two genders. To support this belief, the writer states: “It matters not to whether the solitary voyager is man or woman; nature, having endowed them equally; leaves them to their own skill and judgment in the hour of danger, and, if not equal to the occasion, alike they perish.” The author is saying that all humans deserve the same rights because every person is unique, alone, and individually responsible for itself. Elizabeth Stanton also states the fact that women didn’t have political rights and the right to vote, and that changes should be made in that field. She argues that women should have the freedom to be involved in the government; as they are born with self-sovereignty, just as males. To support her position on this issue, she claims: “Think of … woman’s position! Robbed of
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