Patrick Henry's Speech Ethos

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On March 23, 1775, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” was heard all throughout St. John 's Church. These famous words were not only a great speaker looking to have his voice heard, but they would have an everlasting impact on young English students studying the use of ethos, logos, and pathos. Patrick Henry also used figurative languages such as allusions, parallelism, and biblical references to bring his speech to life. In this specific piece of literature, qualities like independence and individualism are exceedingly prominent, this all being due to Henry’s use of literary devices. Conversely, in the very first sentence, Henry uses ethos to articulate how he is patriotic to his home, but he occupies diverse views than his audience, the Virginia …show more content…

When he said, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself guilty of treason towards my own country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings” (9). He is saying that this is what he entails to achieve for his God. Trying to grant the audience a diverse viewpoint, rather than discrediting their own. During his speech, Henry made biblical references such as, “Different men often see the same subject in different lights" (2). The word light was used by Henry, to show again that his views are like gods, and he is not against them. Extending his use of ethos Henry shows that he is religious and that he is establishing his stand as a Christian. Along with using biblical notes he also used a motif to show that the light is the same as fighting for God 's truth. Throughout the speech, Henry establishes various efforts to connect with his audience. He uses logos to show the convention that he has completed his research and fathoms what he is talking about. Paragraph three holds the attempt to develop his argument and making it seem valid by using ethos to show that he is a trustworthy

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