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Susan B. Anthony Rhetorical Analysis

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Ashley Sohn

on 2 March 2016

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Transcript of Susan B. Anthony Rhetorical Analysis

Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony (feminist)
Public speech given in Monroe County and Ontario County
General Public
To persuade the audience
Women's right to vote
Use of Pathos, Ethos, and Logos
in her speech
Usage of particular words to convey meanings or feelings
Usage of different sentence structures to convey or emphasize a specific feeling
Susan B. Anthony uses the rhetorical devices of diction, syntax, repetition, and appeals in order to convey the immediacy and magnitude of the problem women were faced with during her time
Is it a crime for the citizen of the United States to vote?
Appeals: Pathos
"I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's right, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any State to deny."
Appeals: Logos
"'All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.'"
"Nor can you find a word in any of the
grand documents
left us by the fathers that assumes for government the power to create or to confer rights"
Periodic Sentence
"The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the constitutions of the several states and the organic laws of the territories, all alike propose to protect the people in the exercise of their God-given rights."

Repeating certain words or phrases to make an idea clearer
is no shadow of government authority over rights, nor exclusion of any from their full and equal enjoyment.
is pronounced the right of all men, and "consequently," as the Quaker preacher said, "of all women," to a voice in the government. And
, in this very first paragraph of the declaration"
those declarations, kings, priests, popes, aristocrats, were all alike dethroned, and placed on a common level politically, with the lowliest born subject or serf.
them, too, me, as such, were deprived of their divine right to rule, and placed on a political level with women.
the practice of those declarations all class and caste distinction will be abolished; and slave, serf, plebeian, wife, woman, all alike, bound from their subject position to the proud platform of equality."

Conveying of a general feeling in order to persuade or to help the audience understand
"One-half of the people of this nation to-day are utterly powerless to blot from the statute books an unjust law, or to write there a new and a just one."
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