Rhetorical Anaylsis

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Mary Jane
Mrs. Janice
English III AP
17 October 2012
Florence Kelley
Florence Kelly sets up her speech in ways that supported her stand and views on child labor she has presented before the National Woman Suffrage Association. She uses rhetorical strategies such as diction to show how important changing the laws is, repetition to emphasize the kind of impact child labor seems to take on Kelley, oxymoron’s, the use of pathos/logos and her tone of urgency she used to present her speech helped strengthen her chances on gaining the support from the audience in changing the laws of child labor. In her speech she strongly states that to her child labor is unnecessary and may be too much for the children to handle. She says, “Tonight while we sleep, several thousand little girls will be working in textile, mills, all the night through, in the deafening noise of spindles and the loom spinning and weaving cotton and wool, silks and ribbons for us to buy.” This helps strengthen and describe how bad and tiring it must be for just mere children to be working in such conditions and portray the spark of determination that was lighted within Kelley about this situation. Kelley starts off her speech with a statistic that states, “We have, in this country, two million children under the age of sixteen years who are earning their bread” (para.3), with this piece of information you can automatically tell that Florence has done research about this matter and is familiar with the statistics she accumulated within her speech to portray her incorporation of the use of logos. With the information, this helps Kelley create an image in her audiences’ head the horrendous picture of such a high number of young children working to earn a pay as little as a loaf of bread for dinner. This ultimately helps Kelley in persuading her audience to agree with her opinion about changing the laws on child labor, also with the strong passion she seems to put forth towards the audience. She also...
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