23, February 2015
Rhetorical Analysis : Questions to be Explored
● The purpose of this argument was to speak about the inequalities that women and blacks faced at that time in America. It was a persuasive and motivational speech arguing that women have just as much right as men do.
● The audience for this argument is for women, specifically black woman, and men who thought they were superior.
● This argument appeals to ethos, pathos and logos.
● Sojourner Truth is making the argument. Truth uses ethos to establish common ground with the white woman in her audience, she needed credibility because she was a black.
She says, “that little man in black there say a woman can't have as much rights as a man cause Christ wasn't a woman.” Truth become trustworthy as she expresses how she experiences the same sexism from men as do all women in that time.
● Truth uses pathos by saying, “I have born 13 children and seen most all sold into slavery and when I cried out a mother's grief none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?”
Truth uses personal experiences to get an emotional response from her audience, connecting with them as both women and mothers.
● Truth also uses logos. “Look at me Look at my arm! I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns and no man could head me. And ain't I a woman? I could work as
Michel 2 much and eat as much as a man, when I could get to it, and bear the lash