The soliloquy “ Henry IV. Part 2.” was written by Shakespeare during the midst of the 17th century. The soliloquy was produced with a purpose of showing King Henry’s frustration with his inability to sleep properly. The combination of both imagery and diction helps produce an aggravated tone, which helps a reader understand King Henry’s inner feelings.
Once he sets a goal, he uses every resource and focuses all his energy on accomplishing that goal; clearly, he takes his position as a king very seriously. He claims that he does not have the privilege of the ‘untroubled’ sleep of a common man indicating that he is dedicated to fulfilling his obligations as a leader. Furthermore, Shakespeare intends for us to view Henry as a hero by making him seem so committed to his responsibilities above his own personal feelings. (Source B)
In Shakespeare’s play Henry VIII Cardinal Wolsey’s uses the elements of figurative language, literary terms and biblical allusions with similes when he considers his downfall. The elements Wolsey uses describe how he takes it, what he thinks of the position now and how he feels.
Patrick Henry has his audience wrapped around his finger by his incredible use of loaded words, imagery, and fear tactics. The words ‘bound’, ‘chains’, ‘slavery’, ‘clanking’, and ‘peace’ all have a fierce and intense connotation attached to them, making the audience feel attacked and bound by Britain’s aggressive taxing and restriction on their moral rights. At the end of Patrick Henry’s stupefying speech he gives one final sentence to seal his impactful message. Once his points have been established he declares his stance on the fiasco with Britain “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” (Henry 104).
But they put themselves in a level with wood and earth and stones [...] than men of straw or a lump of dirt’’. Henry’s ethos shows the audience of his strategy of going against the government corruption. Henry’s speech was well-planned out to shows his audience of his experience when rebelling the government; in addition, receiving forced punishment for not paying his poll-tax. He thought out things that made himself to commit this disobedience against the government and wanted to express his experience of his ideas and strategy to disobey the government.
Henry alludes to the Quartering Act because the act is another example of how the British are preparing for the war for freedom. The Quartering Act makes the delegates angry because they now understand that the only reason the act exists is so that Britain can be ready for the war against the colonies. This new discovery develops Henry’s viewpoint because it explains to the delegates that the colonies should not resist the war but, rather, the colonies should actually “let [the war for freedom] come.” To conclude, Patrick Henry develops his viewpoint on the necessity for fighting against the British by explaining how violence is a
Henry continues by emotionally describing how he is ready to endure any pain that will come his way from finally learning the truth. He feels he is ready to stand up and be change that must come from the colonies, despite any despair he might face. 2. “There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged!
Henry was done with all the begging for the British and all the lies that they have given to their citizens, saying that the British are their friends. But in reality the British ministry are not friends, allies, or companions with the colonies. They just want to take over. “We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne….(Para.3, lines 48-50).” What Henry tries to explain is that they tried everything and have no other choice.
Right at the beginning of his speech on lines 11 and 12, Henry made it apparent that “This is no time for ceremony.” Meaning the ceremony was supposed to be serious rather than a festivity. The “great responsibility” and “painful truth” helped to develop his previous statement. He used the words “awful” and “slavery;” therefore, furthering the already gloomy impression.
Throughout his speech, Henry used figures of speech to engage his audience. One example of this is the phrase “Suffer not yourselves be betrayed with a kiss”, by this he meant that he hoped that his American comrades would not be fooled by the British and their false promises. These figures of speech, especially figurative language, were used to persuade the audience into turning against the British.
His choice of language is effective at evoking emotion. Through rhetorical questions, Henry was able to emphasize his points, and grab the audience’s attention, creating an emotional effect on the listeners. “Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?” These statements prove the speaker’s argument and stir the audience’s emotions.
Along the journey from home as they go to Washington, Henry and his regiments are treated so well that he now believes “he must be a hero” with “the strength to do mighty deeds of arms.” Contrary to his expectation he does not become a hero immediately he is confronted with self-doubt. He is caught up in a dream with “a thousand-tongued fear
The implication is that the people are being ruled. Henry used his skills in speech to persuade the Council or Parliament that trying to rule over others was wrong. He spoke out against the way things had always been done and
In William Shakespeare’s Henry V, the character of King Henry delivers some powerful verbiage, known as St. Crispin’s Day Speech, to his troops in order to rally the men for battle. In this speech, King Henry chooses to invoke themes such as glory, religion, and comradery to make the battle they are about to fight immortal in the soldiers’ minds and to motivate them to fight together. These themes draw similar emotions in all men, no matter their background; all men have the need for honour, the urge to please the deity they believe in, and the need to trust in their fellow men. Every man wants his story to be remembered.
In doing this Henry forms a connection between the need to have a war and religion. This connection helps attach the reader to Henry's opinions and make them more open to the war. All in all, Henry confronts the delegates of the Virginia Convention with the inevitable British invasions and changes the opinions of the delegates through diction, figurative language and rhetorical