They Say/I Say
The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in the mid-end nineteenth century perpetuates her thoughts on woman’s rights then, and how they should be. Stanton's ideas and opinions on The Declaration of Independence beliefs of not only woman but also men. The current rights that women have, reflect, Stanton's concepts in the document that was written 165 years ago. It is evident that the present rights women have are merely the effects caused by the impact of Stanton's piece.
Stanton uses hyperbole’s and an abundant amount of sarcasm in her writing unlike the current declarations that are much more logical rather than ethical. Stanton states, “He has made her, if married, in the eyes of the law, civally dead.” (Stanton 359) Women at that point in time were not worth anything once married. If they were much richer than the man they marry it would not matter, because the moment she is legally married ,all of her assets or now her husbands. However, as for today, women still can keep their riches and also lawfully own a part of their husbands. Now, if the marriage were to lead to divorce except on few occasions, everything Is split equally between women and men.
In Stanton's piece she manipulates the actual declaration of independence from that time period and makes it into her own. She wrote what she thought that it should say and if you looked at our current declaration, it is piratically identical. Stanton writes, “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;...” (Stanton 358) At the time Stanton wrote this piece we were not completely equal. However, now we do have those rights equal to men, and our current declaration of independence has almost the exact line that Stanton writes in her piece.
Even though most legal documents...
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