“It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to god and our country” (Henry) during the time the speech was written, the colonist were trying to be separate from Britain. People wanted out of British laws, but had fear of fighting war. The colonist struggled with no money for an army nor the support to create one. In Patrick Henry’s, “Speech to Virginia convention ” he primarily used pathos to persuade the audience to stand up and fight. It was important to persuade the colonist so when Great Britain attacked they were ready to fight back.
Thomas Paine had a massive influence on the colonist because of his word choice in his speech. Thomas Paine helped bring the attention to what is right, and support, join the war. Thomas Paine used pathos to alarm the colonist. He used pathos since it can put fear into the people and once they are alarmed they would want to protect themselves and their colonies. “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine also speaks
Testing Men’s Emotions What turned scared, timid men into brave battle ready soldiers? During the time of the revolutionary war when men were needed to go up against the British. Thomas Paine was using persuasive writing techniques to get men to stand up and fight. In Thomas Paine’s “The Crisis No. 1” the most persuasive technique used is pathos, because it appeals to a man’s care for his family and self-pride.
Even though the colonist didn’t win, it lead to many sacrifices on the British side. This is why the battle of Bunker Hill was one of the most important. Bunker Hill was important, because it showed the colonist that they were ready to fight. In the colonies, many thought that fighting a war against Britain is foolish. This battle counteracted that.
Thomas Paine, a local pamphleteer in the pre-Revolutionary War era, wrote a convincing pamphlet to any colonists who were not already supporting the war for independence from Great Britain. In his argument, Paine uses rhetorical strategy, an emotional aspect, and divine revelation towards the citizens to create a very moving, passionate, and convincing call to arms. The first line, “These are the times that tried men 's souls,” is one of relatability and preparedness for the oncoming difficult times. Paine starts his essay off with a refutation of his argument, stating that although he wants this fight, he knows it will be tough. Paine then challenges the men’s bravery and patriotism to their country by stating the line “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country.” This statement successfully peaks the men 's interest in the passage, and takes a jab at the readers manliness and willingness to protect his own country in time of need.
This allowed him to influence the other delegates with his ideas. (80). An example of this would be how he persuaded the moderates to approve of his plans. Madison knew many of the concerns America faced when it came to shaping the government. One example of the problems face was, “The inability of the Confederation congress to raise enough money to pay off war debuts.” (80).
Delegate and lawyer Patrick Henry rallies up the other delegates in his "Speech to the Virginia Convention". Henry fills the colonists' minds with imagery and powerful syntax to convince the members to fight in a war later named the American Revolution. His patriotic and zealous speech uses a variety of rhetorical devices to convey this sense of desperation that this is the last hope: to fight. He begins by building his ethos and displays his counterargument. Henry states that the other men of the convention have different views than his but it would be "treason" if he did not speak his proposition.
When people hear the name of Winston Churchill, it instantly conjures up images of bravery, valor, and an unwavering commitment to his country. Many credit Churchill’s ability to deliver a moving speech as to why he was able to persuade a country to war. Churchill was not the only British leader able to move a country to war. Less known than Churchill, Queen Elizabeth had to rally her country to war in 1588 against the Spanish Armada coming to attack. As with Churchill, Queen Elizabeth also gave a speech in order to rally the masses.
From the beginning, Robespierre followed the ideology of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Andress 105). It was not uncommon for political leaders of the Revolution to follow the philosophies of the Enlightenment thinkers; therefore, his political notions were not so far-flung and radical for the time. Robespierre worked alongside the republic’s government and used this opportunity to influence decisions made regarding the public. He would speak of his need for the extreme measures that took as well as voice the fears of his people, including starvation, death, and the degradation of the nation (Andress 103). The government was also known to be violent from time to time, which influenced the ruler to use terrorism as a means of gaining power (Andress 105).
Liberty or Death The American Revolution is one of the greatest things The United States of America can take pride for. One American, Patrick Henry, had a strong voice of protest and spoke up about unfair treatment from British Parliament during his "Speech in the Virginia Convention" in 1775. Henry daringly urged and persuaded the citizens of the United States to show armed resistance to England. He sparked a feeling of revolutionary spirit to his audience by using many different methods of persuasion, which eventually led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his speech, Henry used metaphors to show credibility, imagery to provoke emotions of rage and fear, and rhetorical questions to catch the attention of his audience.