Rhetorical Essay

689 Words Nov 3rd, 2011 3 Pages
Cynthia Villa
Ms. Thompson
AP Language
30 September 2011
Formal Essay Response Freedom and Equality is something everyone wants and what people try and live by. If you think about it, back then everyone wasn’t “free” whether it had to do with being an African American or a woman. “What the Black Man Wants” by Frederick Douglass and “What the American Woman Wants” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton are both two speeches that are trying to persuade their audiences for freedom basically. Douglass is arguing that all African American should be free to live life for themselves and Stanton argues that women need their rights just like men because they deserve it. Both of the speeches have pathos and logos to prove their arguments, while Douglass
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She uses pathos and logos because logically it all makes sense and pathos because in order to fully understand why women are so upset they must realize all the things women do for society. A strategy that Douglass uses in his speech is repetition. Towards the end of Fredericks speech, he uses the phrase “Let him alone!” repeatedly to emphasize how frustrated he is about Negros not being able to walk down the street without them being told anything or looked at a certain way. He is demanding that they just be left alone to live like everyone else because he knows that if they are given a chance they will take and if they don’t then there isn’t anyone to blame. On the other hand Stanton uses figurative language; she states that “So long as your women are slaves you may throw you colleges and churches to the winds. You can’t have scholars and saints as long as your mothers are ground to powder…” meaning that as long as women don’t have rights then men in general wouldn’t be who they are because women are the ones who raise a man. The two speeches have the same concept of letting certain people have the same rights as others. In Douglass’s the Negro’s having the rights as everyone else in society and in Elizabeth’s speech the women having the same equality and freedom as men do. The only difference is that people they are arguing

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