Feminist Criticism Of The Slave Mother

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By applying the theory of Feminist Criticism to Sojourner Truth’s, “Ar’nt I a Woman” and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s, “The Slave Mother” one can identify several ways both poets are able to claim their authority over the language in their texts to expose the illogical reasoning of the antagonists -- those supporting the patriarchal state. By applying rhetorical literary devices as well as collectively using imagery, slang, and improper English both poets introduce several types of universally understood emotions which invite the sentiment of any human being regardless of the entirely differing life experiences between men, women, black and white americans. Moreover, by creating a connection between their own experiences as black women to the experiences of the common human being, both poets have intentionally eliminated the race and gender scheme for the sake of their discussions on equality. Furthermore, since the call for equal rights remains inclusive to the common person, the message each poet delivers is effective because it is relatable and hopeful of change which reasonably unifies men and women of any race in the fight against oppressive ideals that illogically placed woman as the most inferior human beings.
-Truth uses rhetorical devices of pathos, logos, ethos, and juxtaposition to claim her authority.
Truth’s use of language carries a particularly crucial position in her poem “Ar’nt I a Woman?” which is due to her intentions to disturb firmly held stereotypes

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