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What does a woman need to know Adrienne Rich asks More powerfully articulate than any other statement in her speech Rich combines a searching personal integrity and self-identification with a passion to change the future First spoken to the 1979 graduates of Smith College I believe that Adrienne Richs well-known words are capable of changing lives even in 1999 The emphasis in her speech What Does a Woman Need to Know is on the re-construction of the females position in society Rich successfully challenges the graduates of Smith and women everywhere to self-examine their limited knowledge their ethics and their accountability of the power they hold through which women can locate what they need to call up the voices of their past and move forward into liberation The rich text fueled by her use of questions commanding style and syntax description of personal experience and her connection between the past and present succeeds in motivating any audience into contemplating their place in society Rich opens her speech by questioning the graduates in order to guide the graduates focus and allow them to realize how much they individually need to learn In addition to the title Richs first five minutes are filled with question after question Doesnt she need a knowledge of Rich asks posing such topics as a womans power history and abilities Her questions seem to pound into you trying to rise out of your core something that you left previously uninvestigated The questions successfully allow you to interact with Richs speech becoming instead of a passive listener an active participant The audience becomes aware and joins in examining their selves by answering and responding to Richs questions This ingenious use of the interrogation draws the audience in captures their attention makes them participants in her speech and successfully motivates and persuades the audience to agree with Richs opinion about the female society Richs speech backed by vivid prose forces the
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