Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Parallelism of "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" and "Declaration of Independence""

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an extremely influential forerunner of women's rights. Stanton's "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" helped put drastic changes into motion. However, what I find most intriguing is Stanton's presentation of her opinions as a parallel to Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence."
Stanton used a familiar method of formatting her ideas to make the audience more likely to accept them. Periodic sentences, parallelism, and balance are used in Stanton's rhetoric (Jacobus 203). These elements help mimic the feeling of patriotism that Jefferson uses. The audience that Stanton writes to needs a great deal of convincing to listen to a women's opinion, simply because of the era that she lived in. Therefore, Stanton makes great use of the style of a previous well renowned writer.

A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers. 8th ed. Ed. Lee A. Jacobus. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. 24-33. Print.

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