Allusion in Declaration of Sentiments
Modeled after the Declaration of Independence: In an audacious rhetorical move, Elizabeth Cady Stanton models her declaration after the document that established the nation’s founding: the Declaration of Independence. Throughout her declaration, specifically the first two paragraph, Stanton nearly copies the American Founders’ exact wording, altering certain phrases. By drawing on one of the most important documents in American history, Stanton makes clear her intentions. Her extended allusion demonstrates the magnitude of the women’s right issues and parallels the British monarchy’s oppression of the American colonies to American society’s oppression of women. The Declaration of Independence provides a list of twenty-seven grievances against the crown; here, Stanton provides sixteen grievances against “him,” an epithet she uses to describe patriarchy in general. These grievances include two subjects Stanton attributes to women’s denigration and subservience in society, namely the marriage laws of “coverture” and women’s disenfranchisement.
Allusion Examples in Declaration of Sentiments:
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"it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it..." See in text (Text of Stanton's Declaration)
"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal;..." See in text (Text of Stanton's Declaration)
"impel them to such a course. ..." See in text (Text of Stanton's Declaration)
"one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them..." See in text (Text of Stanton's Declaration)