Making A Change : Margaret Sanger

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Making a Change: Margaret Sanger’s 1925 Speech Margaret Sanger’s, The Children’s Era, exudes knowledge on how contraceptives and birth-control will create a better world for the children. This paper conducts a Neo-Aristotelian analysis of Margaret Sanger’s 1925 speech. It contributes to rhetorical theory by advancing knowledge of how rhetors create a consensus on the use of birth-control and contraceptives. The paper proceeds first by establishing the context of the speech, which will include the target audience of the speech and the speaker’s purpose. Second, it analyzes the speech’s invention, organization, style, and delivery. Third, it assesses the effects of the speech and concludes by making a contribution to rhetorical criticism. …show more content…

This paper applies the Neo-Aristotelian method of criticism to evaluate Margaret Sanger’s speech over The Children’s Era. The Neo-Aristotelian method reconstructs the context in which the artifact occurs, contains five cannons of classical rhetoric to interpret Sanger’s speech, and assesses the impact of the artifact on the audience. The five cannons focuses on the invention, the location, and the creation of certain ideas and materials. The Neo-Aristotelian method of criticism studies the affect the speech possesses towards its audience and makes a larger contribution to the rhetorical theory.
Margaret Sanger’s speech starts by stating that even though the twentieth century was supposed to “see the old world of ours converted into a beautiful garden of children,” there has been little to no change made towards making the twenty-first century a century for the children (Sanger, 1925). At the beginning the speech Sanger utilizes the analogy between raising children and raising a garden by announcing, “You cannot have a garden, if you let the weeds overrun it.” (Sanger, 1925). This analogy provides a truth on how society lacks in the success “in creating a century of children” (Sanger, 1925). The analogy allows Sanger to shape the beginning of her speech. “A garden creates images of intimate, welcoming homes where

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