Rhetorical Analysis Of The Children's Era

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The Children’s Era by Margaret Sanger: A Rhetorical Analysis Founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, in her speech at the 1925 birth control conference, The Children’s Era, explains the downfalls in American society when it comes to raising children. Through this speech, Sanger is trying to further promote her nonprofit organization and display the benefits of birth control. She appears to show compassionate characteristics towards children, more specifically the future American children, as she adopts an urgent tone to encompass her listeners into her ultimate goal, widespread, effective birth control methods. Rhetorical questions are key in Sanger’s speech as not all those at the conference completely agree with Sanger’s stance on birth control. There are undoubtedly people in the crowd and at the conference for the sheer purpose of disagreeing with her and her colleagues. She stays on top of their rebuttals with a barrage of rhetorical questions. Not only does she use rhetorical questions to address counter arguments, but Sanger also uses questions like “Why has so little been accomplished?—in spite of all our acknowledged love of children, all our generosity, all our good-will, all the enormous spending of millions on philanthropy and charities, all our warm hearted sentiment, all our incessant activity and social consciousness? Why?” to instill into her listeners’ minds the idea that even after all of these efforts, the children’s lives must still be made
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