Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Freedom from Child Labor Through Women’s Rights “We have, in this country, two million children under the age of sixteen years who are earning their bread” (1-3). Throughout Florence Kelley’s speech to the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, she emphasizes the injustice of child labor laws and the need for women to take a stand by fighting for the right to vote. Kelley is one of many inspirational leaders who fought for women’s rights. She reaches out to a group of women so that they might call to mind their right to petition. In doing so, Kelley is persuading the audience to fight for their right to vote to change child labor laws. Kelley uses several rhetorical devices such as imagery, diction, and pathos…show more content…
Kelley continuously describes how young and innocent these children are so that the audience can better understand that this is no place for young children to be working. By using the racial word “white” to describe the girls Kelley is appealing to her audience, which is primarily upper class white women (29). In doing so, she shocks the audience into realizing this could be their children. Furthermore, Kelley declares, “nor is it only in the south” that this is happening, which suggests to the audience that this is a national issue and is probably occurring in more than just the six states she mentioned (36). Consequently, Kelley condemns the New Jersey legislature by using the word “shameful” in describing the repeal bill that allows girls as young as fourteen years of age to work all night (60). She calls these children “beasts of burden” to emphasize how the people in America no longer treat children as blessings, but as inhuman as “beasts,” as well as stating “of burden” to show that there is a great load that is overpowering young children (76). Furthermore, she explains how children have been “robbed” of their education and socialization in school so they can be little slaves. Kelley uses the word “robbed” to emphasize that the right to education belongs to children, and is being stolen from them. Throughout this speech Kelley uses phrases such as “our socks,” “our
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