In 1775, the second Virginia Convention was held and during the debate on whether or not the colonies should mobilize for military action in response to Britain; Patrick Henry respectfully proposes arming the Virginia Militia and introduces his view on what actions to take in regard to the conflict with Britain. While the delegates want to peacefully approach the situation, Patrick Henry calls for action and he expresses this by establishing credibility with the audience, questioning the audience, and use of repetition. Henry’s tone shifts from a respectful to a frustrated and urgent tone. Patrick Henry starts of his speech by taking into account of the colonists and emphasizes that he has a different view on how to handle the conflict. Henry does not discredit the views of the audience but instead references the Bible saying, “but different men see the same subject in different lights.”(1) Henry builds up to his argument, as he uses juxtaposition between freedom and slavery, “I consider it nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.”(1) Henry …show more content…
In order to make the audience realize the reality of the situation, Henry asks “Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?” (1) He inserts the adjective, “insidious” to describe the Britains who are “deceiving” the audience in that their continuous effort to make peace with Britain is coming to an end. Henry continues to ask, “ are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation?” Here he points out that the British has pretty much forced them into submission because they are already out to attack. His repetition of rhetorical questions challenges the audience in a way that it gives them no other option but to fight. At this point, Henry is hoping that no man is indulging in the “ allusions of hope” but rather realizing that there is no room for peace or
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The murmurs of respectful grievance went unnoticed; palpable resentment ignored. Through the use of rhetorical devices, Henry captivates the colonial sentiments of the revolutionary era. Anaphora, biblical allusions, and rhetorical questions ignite a call for action. Inciting inevitable rebellion, not only in Virginia, but throughout the colonies.
“Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? ( Henry 54)”
A Fight to the Liberty or Death Patrick Henry was a governor, lawyer and Founding Father contributing great wisdom to America. In his 1775 “ Liberty or Death” speech, he informs and convinces the Virginia delegates to get their militia organized and prepared to fight in Revolutionary War against Britain. They were defenseless and he didn’t want them to lose the bit of freedom they had. He had a strong and passionate voice that made an impression on the colonists. He used fear to portray his views and awaken the colonists to the consequence that would be their future.
Henry did so by, not only having the chance to present himself, but by mentioning events that were unstable during his time. Just like the article does about the protests of the National Anthem. Henry uses many techniques in his writings to make the listener comprehend what he is saying, but one major technique is scaring them. By using fragile topics, he frightens them by having the topic appear closer. Henry says, “There is no retreat but in submission and slavery” (Line 76).
When he said, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself guilty of treason towards my own country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings” (9). He is saying that this is what he entails to achieve for his God. Trying to grant the audience a diverse viewpoint, rather than discrediting their own. During his speech, Henry made biblical references such as, “Different men often see the same subject in different lights" (2). The word light was used by Henry, to show again that his views are like gods, and he is not against them.
Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication?" He's making them think about everything they've done in the past that hasn't worked. Another example of logos is "Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrance have produced additional violence insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. There is no longer any room for hope. " Henry is telling us that the British have been unresponsive to anything but armed resistance.
On March 23, 1775, Mr. Patrick Henry made history when he delivered a speech at the Virginia Convention. Mr. Henry's purpose in his speech was to convince the Virginia patriots attending the convention that the only option with Britain remaining was war. Mr. Henry used many rhetorical devices throughout his speech, and with the use of pathos, ethos, and logos he had an effective advantage that appealed to almost every person at the convention. To begin with, Mr. Henry’s speech contains much use of pathos as he relates to the emotions of the people of Virginia. An example of Mr. Henry's use of pathos is when he states, “I consider it as nothing less than freedom or slavery...”.
Under the control of the British Parliament in 1775, the American colonies consider going to war in order to gain independence from Britain. In “Patrick Henry’s Speech in the Virginia Convention,” Henry addresses the need for American colonists to work together to stop the British from controlling them. Thus, Henry’s periodic sentence, rhetorical questions, antithesis, and anaphora successfully convince the American colonists to unite against the British and to bring awareness to their wrongdoings. Firstly, Henry applies periodic sentences and rhetorical questions to convey the idea that the American Colonists must fight back against the British by working together if they want to gain freedom. Henry believes that “if [they] wish to
Patrick henry uses rhetorical appeals by using God to persuade memebers of the virginia convention to go to war with Britian. He uses pathos, logos, and ethos because he appeasl to peoples emotions and how they feel about going to war with Britain. Henry is a person who fights to get what he wants. He's a man that believes fighting is the only way of getting freedom. Henry is a credible speaker because of this he gets some to agree with him on going to war with Britain, and some still disagree becasue some say they are not ready, they are weak.
Secondly, he also used a rhetorical question when he said, “Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation,” (Henry 101). This quote also shows how it’s obvious that we need to fight for what is right. It wasn’t a matter of if, but when.
Drawing upon his established ethos, Henry alludes to the Bible, implying that if the Convention ignored him they would face destruction. Henry develops this idea of destruction throughout his speech, creating an emotional sense of fear and urgency around his argument with words such as “snare,” “war and subjugation,” “chains,” and “tyrannical.” Despite this heavy pathos throughout his speech, Henry also incudes logic, speaking of how he must judge the future by the past, and for that reason can only find proof that Britain will continue to mistreat the Colonies. He additionally utilizes logos through recounting all the acts they have tried so far, which had all been in vain, as well as through a series of “if… then” statements, such as “if we wish to be free… [then] we must
In the “Speech to the Virginia Convention” given by Patrick Henry to the President in 1775, asserts that the colonists should not be trying to negotiate with the British. His purpose was to convince the audience that they should not be trying to befriend the people of Great Britain rather that they should make Great Britain their foe. Henry uses his speech to appeal to both the President and the colonist through the use of figurative language, tone, and syntax. Patrick Henry’s use of diction, a persuasive and forceful tone, appeal to ethos and pathos, as well as various syntactical elements in his “Speech to the Virginia Convention” shows that the colonists should be fighting to break away from the British monarchy rather than negotiate terms to try and stay under their clutches.
Henry Patrick’s claim in “Speech to the Virginia Convention” is that Britain is constructing an army to seize control of the United States and a war between these countries are inevitable. To validate his claim, Henry uses various rhetorical devices and evidence. The first piece of evidence Henry provides to progress his argument is when he states, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past” (171). Henry claims that his experience for the last 10 years with British ministry has garnered enough experience for him to realize that there is a war coming.
In the speech of the Virginia convention the writer Patrick Henry known as the orator of Liberty. He wrote in all ways in this story, ethos, pathos, and logos. He wrote on going to war with Britain, because his fellow country people were eventually going to be taken over if they did not stand up and go to war with Britain. They would eventually become slaves for Britain, so Patrick Henry was trying to convince the people to stand up with their country to beat Britain. My story will be written on the ways Patrick Henry used ethos, pathos, and logos to persuade the people to go to war.
Patrick Henry “No man thinks more highly than i do of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house. ”Around the time period of April 19,1775 to September 3,1783 U.s. was in war with British. Later in war British were winning the war till there was someone who help give courage to U.S. which led them fighting back. In Patrick Henry's speech, The most persuasive technique is pathos because he uses strong emotion in his voice when he is talking to the people in the Virginia convention.