Meslier’s Testament: Memoir the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier surpasses all previous attempts at disrupting European stability. The manuscript, written with intense rage, contains Meslier’s examination of the injustice around him. In Testament, Meslier completely abolishes the existence of God, attacks religious practices, discredits political leaders, and calls for a reform. It is not an overstatement to say that Meslier’s thoughts will be the starting points of many revolutions to come. If appropriate measures are not taken, the manuscript may even spread the practice of atheism.
“We must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!” (Henry 103). This speech by Patrick Henry was delivered before the Revolutionary War in an effort to persuade the colonists to go to war immediately against Britain. Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention” used logos as the most effective persuasive technique because it appealed to the reasoning of the colonists and questioned the British intentions. Henry used logic and common sense to persuade the colonists in his pre-Revolutionary War speech.
Patrick Henry’s “Speech to Virginia Convention” is structurally more persuasive than Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography and the Declaration of Independence because of his use of rhetorical devices such as, rhetorical questions, logos, and pathos. Henry’s address contains many rhetorical questions to emphasize his point and to induce a persuasion into his audience. For example, Henry said, “Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying on our backs. . .until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?” in his speech to exemplify that they needed to act instead of doing nothing.
Colonial America is facing struggles from within and from the British, but are still trying to maintain neutrality. However, Patrick Henry believes in otherwise and being fed up with British actions against the colonies, expresses his thoughts in his “Speech in the Virginia Convention.” Henry is biased since he is an American and sees the British as the enemy, but this is also in a time where tensions between colonial America and Britain are rising as the colonists revolt. Patrick Henry utilizes rhetorical strategies such as rhetorical questions, antithesis, and parallelism to bring forth claims that they must go to war against Britain since all the possible ways to try to prevent war have been exhausted and ineffective. Moreover, he makes the audience believe that America must go to war against Britain and nothing else will work to prevent it, by using rhetorical questions. Henry wants to know why “…force must be called in to win back our love?” (Henry).
His urgency to join came from his feeling that the country “no longer [had] any room for hope” and could only find peace by fighting (Henry 2). The sense of no hope creates a want among those at the convention to join the war to try and take back what they came to America to find. Many found this to be a very strong point as to why they needed to fight for their freedom. Henry’s speech is generally seen as the most persuasive, however, some may argue that Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is the most persuasive because of his emphasis on having tried everything to gain the freedoms they wanted under the King’s ruling, but have failed. Jefferson mentioned how the colonists “Petitioned for Redress in the repeated Injury” against England (Jefferson 3).
This was just one of his strategies to bring America back together, and showed even more of his strong leadership skills. "One of the little known leadership styles that Lincoln used to his advantage...was his appointment of talented national figures from opposing parties to be part of his cabinet," (Stone 4). He had members from the loyal opposition inform him of the issues on each side. This strategie is what made him one of the best presidents, as he was mature, and did not let his personal views make him one-sided. Without a doubt, Abraham Lincolns best known contribution was the erosion of slavery.
Pathos is “the quality of speech or written work that appeals to the emotions of the audience.” For instance, “plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” The words ravaged, and destroyed are emotional words to describe the unjust actions the king did to them. Also it is demonstrated in, “Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.” This proves the colonists opinions on the king, showing how he is not worthy to lead their uprising nation. Ethos is “the character and credibility of the writer in the eyes of the reader.” An example of this is, “We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions..”. The author shows their credibility by stating they are representatives of the United States of America. The authors also portrayed this by, “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms.” By saying this, the authors show they have tried to set agreed terms with
Which was one very important thing a king needed to account. There were many triggers to the civil war. The MPs where clearly sick and tired of Charles I behaviour and approach towards them.but not only did this civil war trigger from the hand of Charles I the parliament did do a few actions that they also knew would annoy the King. Like when the parliament demanded the nineteen propositions towards Charles , as they knew Charles would not like the sound of keeping them, but then again he had no choice. To conclude everything I personally blame Charles I for the outbreak of the civil war.
In conclusion, Kennedy use of diction, emotional appeals, and a persuasive tone convince Americans to change their opinion and despise the steel companies. He want his nation attention to rally them up to look down upon the steel corporations. He want the Americans to realize that the steel companies are greedy and heartless and does not care about them. Kennedy is scolding the steel companies because they are irresponsible and unjustifiable. Kennedy
in Ward 118). The comment implies that Burden attempts to criticize television due to its vast depiction of violence, by showing the public what it looks like to get shot in real life. Also, Ward suggests that Shoot may be influenced by the Vietnam War (118). Ward describes Burden “as a kind of martyr, whose self-victimization mimics, in protest, the brutality of the war” (119). Here, the purpose can be interpreted as Burden is trying to condemn the war by shooting himself (Ward 119).
The Storming of the Bastille is a clear example of how violence had an overwhelming and even mob like effect on the French revolutionaries. As a physical monument, the Bastille prison served as the embodiment of “tyranny”. The English Classical historian Lord Acton depicted the Bastille as “ an instrument of tyranny”, and place that “overshadowed the capital”, and “ darkened the hearts of men.” In this quote, Acton is illustrating the Bastille as a cursed and dark place, a place that fed violent hatred both physically and mentally. Violent events did occur during the storming of the Bastille, ultimately concluding with the savage act of decapitating a prison guard. The choice of putting the prison guards head on a pike illustrates how the revolutionaries were using violence to make a statement.
Not only would would he most likely fail to do everything he promised, he would put our entire country in jepordy. He is very abrasive, egotistical, and many countries already don’t like him. The things he says and the actions he says he’s going to take would infuriate many countries and could be a danger to us. If Donald Trump says he’s going to go to a country to bomb them, obviously that country isn’t going to let it slide- they’ll try to make the first move, which could easily start a war. Trump also is very vocally racist and sexist.