Rhetorical Essay

Topics: African American, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass Pages: 2 (686 words) Published: October 20, 2011
Cynthia Villa
Ms. Thompson
AP Language
30 September 2011
Formal Essay Response
Freedom and Equality is something everyone wants and what people try and live by. If you think about it, back then everyone wasn’t “free” whether it had to do with being an African American or a woman. “What the Black Man Wants” by Frederick Douglass and “What the American Woman Wants” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton are both two speeches that are trying to persuade their audiences for freedom basically. Douglass is arguing that all African American should be free to live life for themselves and Stanton argues that women need their rights just like men because they deserve it. Both of the speeches have pathos and logos to prove their arguments, while Douglass uses repetition and Stanton uses idioms.

Frederick argues that American people shouldn’t have the right to tell someone how to live especially if one can go about all by themselves. Douglass states that “If the Negro cannot live by the line of eternal justice…the fault will not be yours, it will be his who make the Negro, and established that line for his government. Let him live or die by that” meaning that when they are free to be it in the end if they mess us it will not be the governments fault for their failure but if the government has this type of control over African Americans then they’ll be the ones too blame because they set them up for failure. I consider this to be logos and pathos because the statement is true, if you aren’t letting someone live to be and do something good then you are the one to blame if they fail at life because you didn’t give them the opportunity. This ties into Elizabeth’s argument because she as well wants women to have freedom and rights like men do, and they don’t because society doesn’t give them the chance. Stanton states that “to declare our right to be free as man is free, to be represented in the government which we are taxed to support…to take wages which she earns, the property she...
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