Rhetorical Analysis of the Children's Era by Margaret Sanger

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Rhetorical Analysis of “The Children’s Era”
Today, the availability of birth control is taken for granted. There was a time, not long passed, during which the subject was illegal (“Margaret Sanger,” 2013, p.1). That did not stop the resilient leader of the birth control movement. Margaret Sanger was a nurse and women’s activist. While working as a nurse, Sanger treated many women who had suffered from unsafe abortions or tried to self-induce abortion (p.1). Seeing this devastation and noting that it was mainly low income women suffering from these problems, she was inspired to dedicate her life to educating women on family planning—even though the discussion of which was highly illegal at the time (p.1). She was often in trouble with
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4). To prove this point she demonstrated the inefficiency of the children’s programs that were already in place. She used another metaphor to show the logical breakdown of efficiency in the system. Sanger (1925) went on to interpret the children’s charities that were currently in effect as “the Grand Central Station of life,” with “trainloads and trainloads” of children being dumped off faster than anyone knew what to do with them (para. 4). This analogy is influential because everyone in New York, where the speech was delivered, was familiar with Grand Central Station and how it was a hectic, main hub. Relating the amount of children to the overwhelming atmosphere of the crowded station illustrated the difficulties and insufficiencies “the receiving committee” faced as they tried to care for the massive amount of abandoned children (Sanger, 1925, para. 4).
Sanger proceeded to emphasize her points using both emotion and logic. She used alliteration and powerful word choice to invoke emotion about parentless children, listing out that the children were “unwelcome, unwanted, unprepared for, [and] unknown” (Sanger, 1925, para 4). These are very strong words to use to describe children. No one wants to think of children in these ways because it is sad. Further explaining the ineffective system, she structured her logical
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