Speech for Woman's Rights: Analysis
by Adam Smith
What: Speech asking the American Equal Rights Association to consider giving woman equal rights
When: May 9, 1867
Where: New York City.
Why: With black rights being a huge topic at the time, Sojourner Truth wanted to bring up the issue of woman rights -- and wanted to explain that if the issue wasn't addressed, it would be like tackling black rights all over again.
- The time to act is now, while the topic of rights is still in the spotlight
- Women want to be equal with men, as black men want to be equal to white men
The main figurative language in this speech comes in two forms:
"I want to keep the thing stirring, now that the ice is cracked."
"I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long to give up; it cuts like a knife."
With the first quote, Sojourner is talking about continuing the discussion of equal rights, now that the topic has come into public discussion.
In the second quote, Sojourner says she understand how it can be hard to let go after controlling something for a long time, and says that she understands the pain that comes with letting go.
In the above quote, Sojourner uses repetition to emphasize how long of a life she has lived, and furthermore how much she has been through.