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Emmeline Pankhurst's The Plight of Women - In what ways is Emily Pankhurst's 1908 speech ~The Plight of Women an effective speech?

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Emmeline Pankhurst's "The Plight of Women" Q - "In what ways is Emily Pankhurst's 1908 speech ~The Plight of Women an effective speech? A - Emily's speech is effective in many ways. She uses many different methods such as rhetorical questions, facts and many other things besides, to make the crowd agree with her and follow her lead. Rhetorical questions are used in the speech, to help question the crowd's mind. The question is answered in each of the crowds mind and this gives them the information, of what they really think of the situation. Such questions are "What security of maintenance has the married woman?" and "I ask you, if women had the vote, should we have had such laws?" These are very effective in a speech, and are among the most important factors, as it shows what the speechmaker's thoughts and answers are too. Personal experience is sort of used in the speech, but in a different way. Emily speaks of personal experience as she has seen it happen with her very eyes, but does not mention it happening to her herself. ...read more.


men for women" These are important in a speech, as they show the research has been done, and the whole speech has a ground to work on. These provide evidence and adds weight to the argument as well as put a bit of emotion in there as well. The facts are effective in these ways. Emily focuses on the oppositions view a lot in this speech. She focuses on the views of the husband and of the law-makers. She uses sentences such as - "Men politicians are in the habit of talking to women as if there were no issues that affect women" and "The child, according to our marriage laws, has only one parent, That parent is the father" (a bit is cut out of this example). These opposition's laws are very important because it is a basis to criticize and break down, to show how the opposition can be wrong. This gives you something to oppose against and therefore it is very important and effective as a point to break down and then rectify. ...read more.


must have reached many" and " don't you agree with me that the law ought to be altered" These are effective because, they involve the people personally and individually. They make the audience think she is talking to them personally, and that they have actually achieved some thing together rather than her herself. It helps make the crowd stay and help her. These are all of the factors that make the speech effective. They are used to help keep the audience interested, involved and make them trust Emily and see the big picture of what is actually happening and the solutions to these problems. She has a good conclusion too, where she finishes off with a rhetorical question, asking what the children would be like if women had a say in the law, and this gives the crowd something to think about as they go away. There are not many improvements that could be made, only a few more personal experience problems. There were not enough in this speech, there were only a few where she actually saw what happened but never experienced it. By Sarvinder Saini 09-10-02 ...read more.

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