The Destructive Male Rhetorical Analysis

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The Destructive Male Rhetorical Analysis Women’s rights pioneer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in her speech, The Destructive Male, expresses her feelings about Women's suffrage in 1868, and brought to light the misconception that women are not equal to man and imply that men bring more destruction than restoration. Stanton instantly established her emotion toward the topic of “manhood suffrage,” saying men are “a destructive force, stern, selfish, aggrandizing, loving war, violence, conquest, acquisition, breeding in the material and moral world alike discord, disorder, disease, and death.” She connected the emotion to the repetition of the letter “d,” which is also an alliteration. The words acquainted with the letter create a sense of discomfort in the minds of the audience, causing them to feel sadness and pain without actually having it inflicted upon them. She continued her tone of the story with loss and cruelty. The statement, “Through what slavery, slaughter, and sacrifice, through what inquisitions and imprisonments, …show more content…

She says, “To mourn over the miseries of others, the poverty of the poor, their hardships in jails, prisons, asylums, the horrors of war, cruelty, and brutality in every form, all this would be mere sentimentalizing.” This reflects the personality of women to be very kind, but also shows that men don’t show the mercy or affection needed in some areas. She also showed this in the quote from the first paragraph, “...while mercy has veiled her face and all hearts have been dead alike to love and hope!” She implied that men aren’t showing the love they must show in order to have peace, therefore bringing destruction. She then reminded us that mother nature is trying to repair all of the destruction in the world. She used the term “mother nature” because it causes the audience to connect the earth with the gender of the woman and how they are kind is

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  • Analyzes how elizabeth cady stanton, in her speech, the destructive male, expresses her feelings about women's suffrage and implying that men bring more destruction than restoration.
  • Analyzes how montgomery 2alliteration of letters, “s”,”i”, and “p,” reflect back on the emotion of the audience.
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