Patrick Henry's Speech At The Virginia Convention

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The common purpose of Revolutionary speeches is to inspire uprisings, and instill courage and strength. For the American Revolution, the speeches were used to inspire the colonists’ rebellion of the crown. Two major methods used by Revolutionary activists in reaching towards their audiences were through logic and emotion. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, “The Crisis No. 1”, along with Patrick Henry’s ‘Liberty or Death’ speech at the Virginia Convention, are both examples of Revolutionary speeches that use the methods of logic and emotion to persuade their listeners. Mentioning the wrath of Great Britain, part of “The Crisis No. 1” uses the method of logic to reach its audience. Paine states how “Britain [is] with an army to enforce her tyranny... ”. The …show more content…

Patrick Henry’s use of logic during his speech at the Virginia Convention was to help everyone realize that this matter between Great Britain was not something that could Escalante 2 be solved peacefully. “It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!”—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!” Thomas Paine views the injustice that had been dealt onto the British colonies to be as inhumane as being enslaved. To create an emotional appeal, Paine claimed that “If being bound in that matter, is not slavery, then there is not such.” Patrick Henry chose the method of emotion to appeal during his speech at the Virginia Convention with purpose of giving courage to fight for freedom. Combining emotion along with logic, Henry exclaimed “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” Another appeal Henry chose to make using the method of emotion was that they would not be alone in fighting this war. “Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides

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