During the nineteenth century child labor was very prominent in the United States due to the industrial revolution and an increase for supply and demand. Social worker, Florence Kelley, preaches her sermon to her audience of the truth and undeniable horrors of our corrupt society which carries on with life whilst children exhaust themselves to provide those very same adults the products of their selfish desires. To achieve her goal of rendering people speechless and extending the sense of guilt and sense of responsibility, she uses rhetorical strategies such as, pathos and ethos.
In order to captivate listeners, kelley appeals to the crowd of white, working adults by the use of repetition ( example of pathos ). She reiterates the phrase, quite belaboring, of the young " white girls working while [ they ] sleep; " enumerating and emphasizing this to her intended audience. The tone of the author in that instance radiating of repugnance towards her fellow citizens who do nothing to aid in the remodeling of our corrupt society.
Another example, is the use of juxtaposition to add a bitter tone to author's speech. Kelley once again states facts of current laws and repeals by legislature either to accommodate the people or benefit the economy. By the time a boy or girl had reached the age of fourteen they were now able "enjoy the pitiful privilege" of working full night shifts. The author mocks the repeal of a just law in New Jersey with satirical humor to accomplish in making the audience loathe their negligence the needs of a child.
In addition to being a social worker, kelley appeals not only to the emotional aspect, she utilizes to her advantage facts and statistics that correlate with the topic of debate. She states that in the United States ,there is an estimate of " two million children " in factories ranging from the ages of six to sixteen working " eleven hours " every night. This only enhances her ...
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