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Diction in Declaration of Sentiments

Diction Examples in Declaration of Sentiments:

Text of Stanton's Declaration

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"women do feel themselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights,..."   (Text of Stanton's Declaration)

In a final appeal to pathos, Stanton employs impassioned diction to draw attention to the systematic oppression of women and the effects of the aforementioned grievances. Without the basic rights to vote, to financially support oneself, and to make decisions regarding their marriage, women are “aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived”—an emotionally charged phrase Stanton employs to arouse sympathy in her audience and readers.

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