In Henry’s speech, he was aiming to convince the delegates at the Virginia Convention to begin preparation for war With Britain. He uses powerful words and a considerable amount of patriotism to influence those at the Convention. For the reason that Patrick Henry used rhetorical devices more effectively than Thomas Jefferson, he is the better author. Both Henry and Jefferson use the rhetorical device repetition persuasively, however Henry’s use of repetition is prominent. Henry is very spirited in his writing, especially when using repetition.
Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention” is the most persuasive historical document because of his use of allusions, sense of urgency, and his choice of extremes. Henry wrote his speech and gave it in 1775 in support of fighting the British with the Virginia militia. Henry began his speech with a series of allusions which related closely with what the men at the convention would know best. One of his most influential allusions he made was to the story of Judas in the Bible, telling those listening to not “be betrayed with a kiss” by the King of England (Henry 1). His allusion emphasized the thought that colonists were betrayed by the King while the King tried to show the colonists just how great he felt he was.
Have we anything new to offer on the subject? Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication?" He's making them think about everything they've done in the past that hasn't worked. Another example of logos is "Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrance have produced additional violence insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. There is no longer any room for hope."
Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential figures of the American civil rights movement. Famous for his prowess with words, King was known for writing powerful texts throughout his life. Two of his most famous compositions were his “I Have A Dream” speech and his “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. Although King uses many styles of writing effectively, his writings with pathos are the most prominent. Since “I Have A Dream” uses more pathos than “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, “I Have A Dream” was more effective at inspiring change.
John Adams John Adams had an extremely large impact on how the United States was first run. He put forth large contributions when the United States Constitution was written. In addition, he inspired new views in the government system. The primary strength of the United States Government can be credited to John Adams because of his strong drive, convincing writing skills, and his participation in the constitutional congress. John Adams spoke for his believes no matter what.
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.
One rhetoric appeal he uses is ethos. Patrick Henry was elected by the Virginia house so already has credibility due to him being elected in the first place. As well for showing respect for those who were negotiating the problems with Great Britain.
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).
Despite some individual’s skeptical opinions about the influence that Patrick Henry's use of persuasion in "Speech to the Virginia Convention" had on the colonists, Henry's use of these techniques helped sway the colonists into pursuing their independence. Patrick Henry uses persuasion in his "Speech to the Virginia Convention" by appealing to reason and showing what was really happening. He uses the either-or method to influence the settlers into seeing that the only way of success was to fight. For example, he argued that the revolution was "nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery" (Henry 81). This shows Henry only giving the people two options, both are extreme, but do express the seriousness of the predicament that the colonists
“For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence.” This indicates the increasing importance of the boys, government, and many other people who are in fear. It shows how the war had exponentially affected America, and arouses consciousness to the audience. Lastly, he ends his speech by convincing the audience that the government should not progress the war with a metaphor. “So it is that hose of us who are yet determined that America will be-are- are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land.” To sum up, Martin Luther King presents his claim in a persuasive tone
D. Martin Luther King has shaped America into something we today know as normal but things in the past they would look at us like were crazy. Dr. Martin Luther Kings “i have a dream” speech is one of the most influential peices of writting ever written. it inspired people back then to stand for what they belive in. Anf today for our generations it shows us to be brave and do stuff for our country and be patriotic. Dr. king had many mediums he could have used, but same of the main ones we know today , are television, paper, recording/ audio.
Many writers wanted to bring the glory and history of America’s early life to their literary works. Great works such as Ichabod Crane and Rip Van Winkle, written by Washington Irving, are still read today. Other writers such as Mercy Otis Warren and Mason Weems captured the heroism of the American struggle in the History of the Revolution and the Life of Washington in 1806, which became one of the best-selling books of the era (p. 187). Patriotism and nationalism began to enrich the lives of Americans with these historical