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Running Head: Comparative Analysis Essay


Comparative Analysis Essay
Mohammed Ahmed
Fitzgerald High School

This comparative analysis essay will help explore the common ground that is
found between The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, and

Running Head: Comparative Analysis Essay


The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution, written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It will
go over similarities such as the overall configuration of each document. Both are very
similar in many ways, but yet still different.

Comparative Analysis Essay
Throughout American history, the ideas of freedom and liberty have been a
roaming topic in the back of the heads of many. The United States has always been
known as the land of the free. It’s a place where citizens have unalienable rights, can
pursue happiness, and are free from unjust treatment or control. The founding fathers of
America have led this country towards freedom by writing the Declaration of

Running Head: Comparative Analysis Essay


Independence. Even after writing the Declaration of Independence, freedom was not
granted to every citizen. Women were still not free. Instead of fighting for freedom from
Britain, women were left fighting for freedom from their own country, a country that was
supposed to be the land of the free. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the Declaration of
Sentiments and Resolutions, outlining The Declaration of Independence, in order to get
her message out. Both authors, Jefferson and Stanton, focus on the equality of the
people, while Stanton primarily focuses on women’s rights.
In order to show the connection between women and the rest of the American
public, Elizabeth Cady Stanton mimicked the wording of The Declaration of
Independence. By closely examining how the declaration was written, Stanton was able
to make her argument stronger. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be
self evident that all men are created equal.” Stanton altered this same sentence to imply
that men and women are created equal. The Declaration of Independence outlines the
“patient sufferance of the colonies”, while the Declaration of Sentiments and
Resolutions outlines the “patient sufferance of women under this government.”
The drafters of the Declaration of Independence were mainly concerned with
political freedom. On the other hand, Stanton was concerned with the idea of marital
freedom. In the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, the husband is described as
the woman’s master or being greater than the woman. “...the law giving him power to
deprive her of liberty” (Stanton 381). Stanton also writes, “He has made her, if married,
in the eyes of the law, civilly dead.” (Stanton 380). Women were no longer being
restrained by the British monarch; instead they were being suppressed by their
husbands. Stanton focused intently on the married woman’s right to divorce and have

Running Head: Comparative Analysis Essay


custody of her children (Lewis). She portrays marital equivalence as a basic American
The Declaration of Independence and The Declaration of Sentiments and
Resolution both compliment each other. By using the same outline as the Declaration of
Independence, Stanton can gain more supporters. This would be because the
Declaration of Independence gave America freedom from Great Britain, which can be
compared to women gaining freedom from their husbands, and also becoming treated
as an equal.

Cohen, Samuel S. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. N.p.: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013.