As the other educator states, Sojourner Truth never actually wrote her own published speeches. Instead, her public performances were written down and later published by someone who witnessed her speech.
To really analyze Truth’s rhetorical style, I will focus on her most famous speech, “Ain’t I A Woman?”
First, Truth was a traveling Christian preacher later in life, which is why she changed her birth name from Isabella Baumfree. As such, Truth uses conversational diction and even popular slang in her speech. This appeals to the audience, because it makes the listener feel as though he or she is involved in a conversation with Truth.
She also uses repetition of the rhetorical question “Ain’t I a woman?” After providing...
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