Instructor: Rachelle Hollaway
ENGQ 1091 – S11
November 06th, 2018
Word Count: 592
Truth’s Fight for Gender & Race Equality
In 1850’s a woman named Sojourner Truth’s delivered a powerful speech called “Ain’t I a Woman”. Truth uses repetition and her own personal struggles and experiences to describes what life was like not only as a woman but as an African American woman during that time in society of woman’s suffrage. Truth shares how men thought that since they were women, they were somehow lower to men, that they couldn’t do the same things men did because they were fragile and needed to be protected. Sojourner Truth speech is a perfect example of what women can do. As Truth says, “Ain’t I a Woman” she shows her strength and determination of what it means to be a woman. Truth’s purpose in delivering her speech was to describe what life was like in 1850’s as a African American woman compared to white men and to builds a connection between her and her listeners to successfully shed awareness in hopes to beat race and gender discrimination.
Repetition plays a big role in this speech as it portrays a clear image to her listeners of her frustration on how very little human rights Truth and African American women were entitled to in comparison to how realistically she should have had, and the reason behind that was due to her skin colour and gender. The repetitious use of the rhetorical question "Ain’t I a woman?", draws the listeners minds and makes you look at Truth for more than just her gender and skins colour; it makes you imagine a independent, strong hearted, selfless woman who will fight for as long as...