1 Answer | Add Yours
Addressing the Woman’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, in May of 1851. Truth addressed the white women present who wanted rights for women, saying that if the black women joined forces with them the "white men will be in a fix" soon. In a rhetorical question, she challenges the differences that the men contend make them superior to women. For instance, Truth asserts that she can work as hard as any man, she can eat as much as any man, and she can go over ditches and climb as well as any man. As proof of the prowess of women, Sojourner Truth alludes to the fact that Jesus Christ was born of a woman who conceived through the Immaculate Conception, through the power of God, without any contribution from man:
Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
In the final paragraph of her address, as edited in 1851 by Frances Gage, a feminist activist, which added the rhetorical question "Ain't I woman" along with more Southern slave dialect, Truth employs a metaphor that compares the world to an orb that a woman is able to move:
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!
The "world" is a metaphor for the existential condition on earth, one in which women are treated as inferior. Sojourner Truth suggests that in unison all women should be able to correct this unjust treatment of women.
We’ve answered 319,199 questions. We can answer yours, too.Ask a question