Analysis Of Patrick Henry's Speech

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The Flamboyant Trumpet “Give me liberty, or give me death.” Patrick Henry, born on May 29th, 1736 in Studley, Virginia, had one of the most memorable speeches of his time. Henry played a major role in the American Revolution. Henry taught by his father and uncle, only received minimal education. He married his first wife, Sarah Shelton in 1754 and together they had six children. He was in a speaker in the “Parson’s Case” and won election to the House of Burgesses in 1765. Henry was very involved in the government and tried to help with every. Unfortunately, he died on June 6, 1799; 24 years after his famous speech, “Speech to the Virginia Convention.” In the end, Patrick Henry used his nickname “Trumpet” and “Voice” to make proposals for…show more content…
He needed to get them to refuse to be a dog to the British and get the freedom they deserve. He used pathos as a persuasive technique in his speech to highlight fear and emotion to scare the colonists into agreeing with him. “I know of how way of judging the future but by the past.” (Henry 110) This was an effective quote because it is showing no matter what Henry is there with the colonist through this journey and that he cannot tell them exactly what is going to happen, but he can make a presumption based on what has already happened. He also uses ethos as a major component to his speech, this has to do with a lot of a trust. “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst and provide it.” (Henry 110) This is effective because no matter what he will be right by the colonist the entire time, he will not go and try to hide behind and push them off. Another way, this is effective because it shows his dedication to America. All in all, Patrick Henry got more votes of yes on his speech than no, so this proves his techniques were effective. Patrick Henry was a major component to the American Revolution because of his fight and determination for independence. Henry used ethos and pathos to emphasize on how important freedom was. He took the emotions and trust of the colonist and used them as
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