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Three hundred years ago female writers focused their attentions on such topics as the rearing of children romance and religion However Margaret Cavendish refused to follow these conventions As a controversial feminist of the period she published at variety of works depicting the struggle of women in Elizabethan times Female Orations is a selection of Cavendishs which portrays a mock debate on the role of women in society Despite being written in the mid-1600s the style of Female Orations is remarkably similar to that of modern-day debates Standard debates according to Basic Debate by Maridell Fryar and David A Thomas have two sides affirmative and negative and six rounds Each round contains one speech which varies in length and content depending on the round These speeches are labeled as either constructive the longer and more in-depth speech type or rebuttal the shorter speech type responsible for summation of the constructive speeches In Female Orations there are seven speeches The extra speech found to be Oration 5 is the only one that does not follow the outlined rules of a standard debate Oration I the first of Cavendishs seven orations is easily compared to the first affirmative constructive speech FAC of a textbook debate The goals of the FAC are to state the affirmative case and plan to define any ambiguous key terms and to provide justification for the affirmative case Oration I is structured with examples that meet these criteria For instance wish I were so fortunate as to persuade you to make frequent assemblies and to make ourselves free happy and famous as men are phrases in the oration that clearly state the speakers purpose She desires to have the women meet often and to eventually overcome the gap between the sexes Also the woman justifies her argument with details denouncing the poor treatment of women by their male counterparts An example of the use of supporting details in
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