I n Susan B. Anthony\'s Speech to C ongress, the woman\'s rights activist makes her case to give women the right to vote. Her speech clearly uses rhetoric in the form of ethos, pathos, and logos to help convince her audience. In addition, she also has strong diction and word choice that help compel the audience to action. By appealing to her listeners \' deepest emotions and calling out the wrongs of American civilization with passionate words, Susan B. Anthony strengthens the logic and persuasiveness of her speech to congress.
Anthony uses passionate word choice to support her argument and persuade her audience. After reading the preamble, she boldly states, "It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union". By using the word "we" she relies on the sense of nationalism that all Americans feel towards their country. In addition, she says "whole people", implying that those who feel that white male citizens are the only people who can hold power are attacking the general public of the Union. Her statement directly attacks her opp osition, compelling her listeners to feel that those people are an evil that America must defeat together . Later on in her speech, she continues to build her perspective on the government. She calls it an "odious aristocracy", as well as a "hateful oligarchy", both types of government that she knows her audience dislikes deeply . Clearly, Anthony knew the people she was talking to when she made this speech. By calling her opposition out using bold word choice, Anthony is better able to strengthen her argument and persuade her audience to join her side.
In addition to striking diction, Anthony also uses effective rhetoric to win over her audience . One of her strongest moments is when Anthony asks her audience "Are women persons?". Her gutsy question dares her opposition to oppose her words, making her point seem stronger and giving her more credibility. She goes on to say that "this oligarchy of sex… .which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation". By using pathos, Anthony reaches the climax of her speech. P assion is used to create adversity towards prejudice and support her case. The feelings that Anthony\'s rhetoric create strengthens her argument against discrimination towards women.
By using strong diction and word choice that help compel the audience to action , Anthony makes her case to give women the right to vote. She is able to compel her audience with her rhetoric by creating strong emotions that work in her favor. Susan B. Anthony\'s appeal to the nationalism of the American people, striking diction, and brilliant rhetoric strengthens the logic and persuasiveness of her speech to C ongress.