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Ain't i a woman ?

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shenia coles

on 15 June 2015

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Transcript of Ain't i a woman ?

Figurative Language
Truth exaggerates the fact that the world has been a certain way for a long time, because it was "turnt upside down" . Her description goes beyond the actual meaning of words.
Sites & Resources
www.feminist.com/resources/artspeech/genwom/sojour.htm
Pathos
QUOTE
Parallelism
" And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well ! And ain't a woman?"
Ethos
Truth has an appeal to expertise, due to her experience as a slave, a mother, a black woman.
"Ain't i a woman ?"
By analise hernandez & Shenia Coles

Logos
In the speech, Truth has an appeal to logic when she
refers to biblical text and belief in Christ.
Quote
"... cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him."
Quotes
"Look at my arm! I have ploughed , and planted, and gathered into barns and no man could head me."(Slave)

" 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."(Mother)
Quote
"If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these woman ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!"
Hyperbole
Quote
" Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud- puddles or gives me any best place."
Truth exaggerates her experience as a female. She argues the man's statement on how woman should be treated and assisted, and how she received the opposite of what the man claimed women should receive.
Truth speaks with
pride
when she refers to how women should not be restricted, but allowed and supported in the acts of making the world a better place.

"If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it , the men better let them.
QUOTE
Truth repeatedly questions her audience with the same question to get her audience to think about her position and the circumstance she describes being under to convey her idea of being black female in America at that time.
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