Rhetorical Analysis Of Ain T I A Woman By Sojourner Truth

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“Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth used rhetorical strategies very effectively. Truth used rhetorical strategies effectively because her tone, text structure, figurative language, and the rhetorical devices she used let the audience know what she was feeling and why she was fighting for was she was fighting for. Truth used many rhetorical strategies in her speech but pathos, logos, ethos, allusion, juxtaposition, and pinpointing really made her argument valid and strong.

Sojourner Truth’s tone in her speech is more of a straightforward and serious tone which helps her effectively use the rhetorical devices. As stated in Truth’s speech, “I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women of the North, all talking about rights, the
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As a slave, Truth bore many children with another slave named Thomas as mentioned in her speech, “I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me,” (Truth). This segment of her speech really connects with all the other mothers in the audience. It allows them to connect on a deep emotional level with not only the African American mothers but the white mothers as well. This joined white and black together which makes her speech appeal to a greater audience. Logos is shown accordingly, “Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman,” (Truth). This allows the speech appeal to all the men in the audience and compares what the average white man does over what the average black woman does. The similarities between the two enforce the idea that women are just as worthy and deserve to have the same rights as men. As mentioned in Truths speech, “If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours hold a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have a little half measure full,” (Truth). Ethos is shown because if the men have so much power already, could they not let women have rights in America? This helps Truth express her opinion that is to let men allow women in America have the same …show more content…
As mentioned in Truth’s speech, “That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere[…]Nobody every helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place,” (Truth). This quote help express a vision in the way men think women should be treated and how black women are actually treated. This feeling of inequality makes the women in the audience want to take action against all men like

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