Ethos In Speech In The Virginia Convention By Patrick Henry

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Patrick Henry an American colonist who opposed of British rule spoke out on March 23, 1775 to explain his disagreement on the British having control over the American colonies. In "Speech in the Virginia Convention," Patrick Henry uses the rhetorical appeals ethos, pathos, and logos. Patrick Henry uses the rhetorical appeals to persuade Virginian patriots to go to war seeing no other option and believing there was no more working out disagreements. First Patrick Henry uses the rhetorical appeal ethos by appealing to the audience trust and credibility. For instance, “...An act of disloyalty towards the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings." appealing to his audiences trust by saying he is going to listen more to God then a king.…show more content…
For example, our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat let it come!"It appeals to the emotion of the thought on being a slave. Inspiring people to be free rather than being under British control. Another example is when he says, "It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope," Explaining that sense of peace feeling we want to have. By appealing to the audiences emotions he made them quick to remember everything in the past they went through with Britain. Finally the last appeal Patrick Henry uses is logos appeal to thinking and the audience’s logic. Patrick Henry says, "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience," logically if you look about the past it 's what is likely to happen in the future. Also he goes on to says, "Shall we try argument sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years.." To think about the past everything they have done to avoid what was happening didn 't work. Everything the colonists tried was disregarded by Britain and they really had to decide whether or not they were going to
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