Rhetorical Analysis Of The Declaration Of Sentiments Of 1848

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Rhetorical Analysis Of The Declaration Of Sentiments Of 1848 Introduction For a long time, women were undervalued in the society. Male dominance meant that women would only exist to play the supportive role to the man. Married women were supposed to remain submissive and never participate in any critical decision making. Despite the fact that men knew that before God, everybody was equal, they never let women enjoy or exercise their rights in social, religious, and political domains. Women revolted, and many started championing for their rights. Areas of contention included the right to vote and to vie for elective posts. The year 1848 saw intense human rights activists and activities championing for gender equality in the American society. To make their points heard, such activists used various rhetorical values in their declarations. Elizabeth Cady Stanton who championed for the woman suffrage through the Declaration of Sentiments on July 4th, 1848 was able to use Ethos, Logos, and Pathos to allow the audience understand her assertions better. Strategies Used By the Speaker to Win the Audience Appeals to Ethos The use of Ethos is the appeal to the moral values that the human beings in the society should understand to be core values of the social life. It calls upon the human ethical values that should allow the application of common sense and apathy in trying to understand what the person is going through. The use of ethos tries to question the moral of the behavior that the speaker disputes. In her appeal to the social ethos, Elizabeth writes, "We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal…, with some unalienable rights that among

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