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Chappell, Jerry 1 Truth, Sojourner. “Ain’t I A Woman?” Women’s Convention, Akron, Ohio. 28-29 May 1851. Truth confronts the hypocrisy of the treatment of black women compared to the treatment of white women as she asserts the rights of all women to be treated as equals to men. She uses rhetorical questions, concrete imagery, and theological allusions. (40 words) In “Ain’t I A Woman,” Sojourner Truth uses rhetorical questions, concrete imagery, and theological allusions in her speech to the Women’s Convention in order to assert herself as an equal to white women, who in turn are the equals of men. Truth’s rhetorical question is simple and direct: Ain’t I a woman? By asking the rhetorical question, Truth appears to be subservient to the men who are listening, but she is in fact stating the obvious – that she is a woman- and ridiculing anyone who is incapable of seeing that or unwilling to accept it. To those who in tune with her biting tone understand that she is dismantling the logic used to hold women back as well as ridiculing the men who participate in the oppression. Next, she uses imagery to show her strength and her femininity. Her arms have “ploughed and planted,” her could “eat as much as a man,” and bore “thirteen children” to see most of them sold as slaves and when she when she “cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me.” Truth juxtaposes her strength as an equal to a man with her ability to give birth to show that she is an equal, she is superior. She does all that a man can do, and then she gives birth. Finally, she undermines the theology of the men by proving that “Man had nothing to do with Him,” meaning Christ. She does this in order to show that men did not even take part in the creation of the God they use to hold oppress others. In fact, men may be unnecessary. Through these tactics, Truth proclaims not only her worth, but proves her superiority through her words and her actions.